The Navy took hold of over 65kg (wet weight) of Kerala cannabis, during foot patrols and special search operations conducted in the beach areas of Sampakulam on Mandaitivu Island, Kalmunai Point and Allappiddi, Kayts in Jaffna on 14th and 15th July 2022.
Sri Lanka Navy conducts regular search operations and patrols covering the sea and coastal areas around the island with the aim of thwarting smuggling and illegal activities taking place via sea routes. Accordingly, SLNS Welusumana in the Northern Naval Command took custody of a consignment of Kerala cannabis washed ashore at Sampakulam and Kalmunai Point beaches, during foot patrols conducted in respective areas on 14 and 15 July. The seized stock of illegal drugs, weighing about 50kg and 900g (wet weight) was in 10 packages.
Similarly, SLNS Kanchadewa in the Northern Naval Command took into custody another stock of Kerala cannabis, during search operations and foot patrols carried out on 14 and 15 July in the Allappiddi beach area on the Kayts Island. The stock of Kerala cannabis which had been piled up on the beach, were in 03 parcels weighing about 14kg and 480g (wet weight).
It is suspected that smugglers might have left behind those consignments, being unable to take them away due to naval operations in the area. The gross street value of Kerala cannabis held by the Navy in separate incidents is believed to be over Rs 19 million.
The consignment of Kerala cannabis has been kept in naval custody until it is produced for onward legal proceedings.