A 67-year-old man was apprehended, by Special Task Force (STF) personnel in Ampara, while carrying 76 Elephant Pearls (Gajamuthu).
This was the largest amount of Gajamuthus confiscated in recent years. The suspect attempted to sell one for five million rupees.
The suspect was handed over to Ampara Police by STF personnel.
The Ampara Police has begun an investigation to find whether the pearls were obtained by hunting tuskers or who provided the suspect with such a large amount of pearls.
Ampara Police will produce the suspect in Court after completing formal investigations.
By Naalir Jamaldeen