Sri Lankan Navy recovers Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 28 million in northern waters



July 24, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy has recovered over 86kg (wet weight) of Kerala cannabis adrift in waters, during a search operation conducted in the sea area of Kudairippu, Jaffna in the evening of 23rd July 2023.

The Naval Detachment Mamunai belonging to the Naval Deployment Veththalakerni in the Northern Naval Command has deployed naval craft and mounted a search operation in Kudairippu sea area on 23rd July.

During this operation, naval personnel recovered two suspicious sacks adrift in the sea area. The sacks contained about 86.7 kg (wet weight) of Kerala cannabis which was subsequently taken into naval custody.

It is suspected that smugglers might have left behind this stock of Kerala cannabis, due to naval operations in the area.

The gross street value of the consignment of Kerala cannabis is believed to be over Rs. 28 million.

Meanwhile, the stock of narcotic drugs has been kept in the naval custody, until they are handed over to authorities for onward legal proceedings.

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