Sri Lanka Navy seizes about 517 kg of Kerala cannabis in northern waters

Sat, Dec 25, 2021, 

Dec 25, Colombo: During a special operation conducted in seas off off Kovilan Lighthouse, Jaffna on Thursday night Sri Lanka Navy has seized over 517 kilograms of Kerala cannabis and arrested 02 suspects in two separate occasions, the Navy Media Unit said.

In a routine operation in the seas off Kovilan Lighthouse on the night of 23rd December, the Inshore Patrol Craft P 157 and 177 attached to the Northern Naval Command took hold of 10 suspicious sacks containing 160 parcels adrift in waters.

The sacks weighing about 355kg and 350g (with wet weight) of Kerala cannabis were taken into naval custody.

It is believed that the smugglers might have abandoned these sacks containing Kerala cannabis, failing to bring them ashore, due to naval operations in the area.

During further search in the area, a suspicious dinghy was intercepted as it was attempting to evade the scene by throwing some sacks overboard, avoiding a search attempt by the Navy. The Navy took the dinghy and the 02 suspects aboard into custody.

A subsequent search conducted in the sea area recovered three more sacks containing 60 parcels thrown into the sea, suspected to be by the apprehended dinghy. The sacks contained about 162kg and 400g (with wet weight) of Kerala cannabis.

The operation led to the seizure of about 517kg and 750g (with wet weight) of Kerala cannabis. The street value of the stock of Kerala cannabis is believed to be approx. Rs. 155 million.

The two suspects, aged 26 and 31, have been identified as residents of Kodikamam and Mirusuvil in Jaffna.

The suspects together with the 162kg and 400g stock of Kerala cannabis, suspected to be thrown overboard by them, handed over to the Kayts Police for onward legal proceedings.

Meanwhile the 355kg and 350g stock of Kerala cannabis found while adrift at sea, was set on fire under the supervision of Navy Provost.

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