Dec 06, Colombo: During a special operation conducted in seas off Madagal, Jaffna in Monday morning Sri Lanka Navy has seized about 275kg (with wet weight) of Kerala cannabis and arrested 02 suspects in connection to the incident, the Navy Media Unit said.
In the routine operation, SLNS Ranadheera attached to the Northern Naval Command spotted a suspicious dinghy in seas off Madagal this morning.
As the dinghy was about to be searched by the Navy it attempted to escape from the scene, and the Inshore Patrol Craft P 055 attached to the Northern Naval Command intercepted the dinghy on a fleeing attempt, with 02 suspects aboard.
During further search in the sea area, the Navy managed to recover seven sacks which contained 110 packages of Kerala cannabis, adrift in seas.
The consignment of Kerala cannabis weighed about 275kg with wet weight. It is believed that the recovered stock of Kerala cannabis is worth approx. Rs. 82 million.
It is further believed that the suspects might have thrown overboard these sacks containing Kerala cannabis, failing to bring them ashore, due to naval operations in the area.
The suspects were identified as residents of Madagal, aged 25 and 37. The suspects together with the stock of Kerala cannabis and the dinghy were handed over to the Ilavalai Police for onward legal action.