July 12, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy seized over 52kg stock of Kerala cannabis, during a special operation conducted in the sea area off Uduthurei in Vettalakeni on Saturday, 11th July 2020, the Navy Media Unit said.
Sri Lanka Navy has been conducting regular operations to prevent illegal drugs being smuggled to the island via sea routes. During a similar operation carried out on the Naval intelligence information in the sea area off Uduthurei in Vettalakeni, naval patrol crafts attached to the Northern Naval Command spotted a suspicious dinghy abandoned and personnel were escaping.
Subsequently, by searching the dinghy, naval personnel recovered 13 parcels of Kerala Cannabis packed in two sacks in the dinghy and seized the dinghy along with the cannabis.
The Navy together with the Police STF-Jaffna has already launched an operation to nab the escaped suspects.
During this operation the Navy was able to seize 52.68 kg of Kerala cannabis. The street value of the stock of cannabis is estimated to be about Rs. 7.8 million. The stock of cannabis and the dinghy was handed over to the Jaffna STF for onward investigation.
The Navy has seized over 3 tons of Kerala cannabis during the past period up to now in this year.
This haul of Kerala cannabis was taken into naval custody by following proper hygiene and decontamination procedures due to COVID – 19 global pandemic.