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Seized drugs stolen

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

AN investigation has started to determine how drugs kept in the High Court exhibit room went missing.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the investigation.

"There was a break-in and a report was received yesterday (Monday). Four suspects are in custody," said Ms Naisoro.

"Drugs that were kept in the exhibit room were stolen and we won't be able to comment further at this point."

The narcotic believed to be cocaine kept in buckets inside the exhibit room, which can only be entered through a door on the ground floor of the court building.

Chief Registrar Yohan Liyanage also confirmed that the investigation was being carried out by the police's Criminal Investigations Department.

He said they have an inventory of the items kept in the exhibition room and they were trying to find out if any other items or files were missing as well.

Mr Liyanage said they would get more information once the CID completes its investigation.

Neither police nor the judiciary have said how the drugs were allegedly taken out of the exhibit room.

The most recent case where cocaine was confiscated by police and the case brought to court involved Indian national Muskan Balaggan and American Elton Zhemali. Both are serving jail terms in Fiji.