Navy seize Kerala cannabis worth Rs 130M

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A special operation mounted by the Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard led to the interception of an Indian dhow carrying about 434 kg of Kerala cannabis and the arrest of 5 Indian suspects on board, in North-Western waters on 13 September evening.

The coordinated operation also resulted in the seizure of a local fishing trawler and five locals, suspected to be involved in the racket.

Both the Navy and Coast Guard remain vigilant to prevent wide-ranging illegal activities stemming from sea routes islandwide. As an extension of these efforts, SLCGS Suraksha engaged in this special operation and inspected a suspicious Indian dhow in Sri Lankan waters west of Kudiramalai Point, Puttalam on 13 September. The inspection led to the recovery of about 434 kg of Kerala cannabis.

Meanwhile, SLCGS Suraksha also seized a local fishing trawler with five Sri Lankans on board, on suspicion that the trawler had reached the sea area to transfer the consignment from the Indian dhow and bring it ashore.

The street value of the stock of Kerala cannabis seized in this operation is believed to be over Rs 130 million.

The intercepted Indian dhow, the stock of Kerala cannabis, as well as Indian and local suspects will be brought ashore and handed over to the Kalpitiya Police for onward legal action.

Meanwhile, Police said the stock of cannabis was handed over to the Police Narcotics Bureau.

The locals held in this operation are aged 26, 66, and are residents of Moratuwa and Wattala.

The Police Narcotics Bureau is conducting further investigations. 

By Aloka Kasturiarachchi