Navy seizes Kendu leaves
A naval operation conducted in the seas off Kochchikade, Negombo led to the seizure of about 770 kg of Kendu leaves and the arrest of six persons, who were attempting to smuggle the leaves into the island in the early hours of 10 April.
In the operation, the Western Naval Command intercepted three dinghies approaching the land and found about 770 kg of Kendu leaves in 22 packages and around 5 kg of cardamom, concealed in the dinghies. Apart from that Rs 155,000 in their possession of the suspects was also taken into naval custody.
The suspects were identified as residents of Bangadeniya and Andaragama areas. Meanwhile, the apprehended individuals together with seized items and money were handed over to the Customs Office, Katunayake for onward investigation.