Mar 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy during a search operation in the sea has arrested two individuals in the possession of illegally smuggled beedi leaves.
According to the Navy Media Unit, a group of naval personnel attached to the North Central Naval Command apprehended two persons with 27 sacks of Beedi leaves, during a patrol carried out in the seas 5 nautical miles off Talaimannar lighthouse, yesterday night (March 20).
During further search, the Navy personnel recovered 912.46 kg of Beedi leaves and this consignment is suspected to have been transferred by a dinghy from India.
The suspects, aged 32 and 38, are residents of Pesalai area in Mannar.
The haul of Beedi leaves along with the suspects will be handed over to Customs office in Jaffna for further investigations, the Navy said.