Navy foils bid to smuggle 2000 kgs of dried turmeric | Daily News

Navy foils bid to smuggle 2000 kgs of dried turmeric

Some of the bags containing turmeric. Picture by Navy Media.
Some of the bags containing turmeric. Picture by Navy Media.

The Sri Lanka Navy during special operations conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday has arrested six suspects with over 2000 kilogrammes of dried turmeric smuggled into the country.

Special operations conducted by the Navy in Punapitiya, Udappuwa and Sinnapadu, Kalpitiya on October 6 and 7, 2020 made way to apprehend three suspects with over 1700kg of smuggled dried turmeric, the Navy media unit said.

The Navy arrested three more suspects with over 344kg of dried turmeric and a lorry in Wankaleipadu, Mannar, during another operation carried out with the Police.

The Northwestern Naval Command during a special operation conducted in the beach area of Punapitiya, Udappuwa apprehended three suspects with 27 sacks containing over 1297kg of smuggled dried turmeric, while the suspects were loading the turmeric stock to a lorry.

The lorry and a dinghy used to transfer the stock of turmeric were also held by the Navy. In the meantime, the same naval command managed to recover 19 sacks with 403kg of dried turmeric hidden in a shrub, during another operation carried out in Sinnapadu area, Kalpitiya.

A coordinated search conducted by the North Central Naval Command with the Mannar Police STF in Wankaleipadu, Mannar led to the recovery of over 344kg of dried turmeric in nine delivery sacks on a suspicious lorry.