The Police Narcotics Eradication Bureau yesterday arrested Samantha Perera alias Gorilla Samantha in connection with drug trafficking.
A bureau spokesman said that a stock of Rs. 700,000 worth of heroin was recovered in the Dehiwela raid.
The charges against him include four heroin related legal cases and two cases connected with firearms possession.
Following a tip-off received that Gorilla Samantha was residing at a house in Dehiwela, the Police Narcotics Eradication Bureau officers had raided the location yesterday.
Reports say that although the suspect had subsequently tried to flee, officers had pursued and arrested him.
Initial inquiries have revealed that he had paid Rs150, 000 per month as rent for an apartment in the housing complex in Dehiwela.
Similarly he had operated the trafficking of narcotics from this apartment.
Investigations also revealed that he had engaged in the distribution of drugs in Dehiwela, Mt. Lavinia, Maharagama, Piliyandala and Wellawatta.