The Department carried out a special operation, covering all parts of the country, during the festive season from April 9 to April 15.
The highest number of raids were carried out pertaining to the possession of liquor in large quantities and the illegal transportation of liquor.
Such raids amounted to 1,786 while 841 raids were carried out with regard to the illegal sale of liquor. Further,235 raids were conducted in connection with illegal production of Spirits.
In addition, 154 raids were carried out with regard to possession of heroin and 177 raids were carried out on illegal possession of ganja.
These raids were conducted on the directions of the Excise Commissioner General R. Semasinghe under the purview of Deputy Excise Commissioner General (law enforcement) M.B. Wansooriya and the arrested suspects were produced in the relevant courts.
The Excise Department is also taking measures to investigate complaints of irregularities even at licensed liquor shops.
The Excise department while appreciating the assistance rendered by the public during the 24 hour period that was enforced, expected a greater contribution and involvement by the general public in the future.