Over 111 kgs of Kerala cannabis seized in northern seas | Daily News

Over 111 kgs of Kerala cannabis seized in northern seas

The Navy in coordination with the Sri Lanka Coast Guard seized over 111 kilogrammes of Kerala cannabis, during a special operation conducted in the seas off Madagalthurei, Jaffna.

The Northern Naval Command and Sri Lanka Coast Guard, after having spotted a suspicious dinghy heading ashore from the International Boundary Line, was prepared to search the suspicious dinghy. On this occasion it was detected that several packages being jettisoned from the dinghy and it was speeding off from the location. Subsequently, the suspicious dinghy was pursued by the Navy and it was found abandoned at the beach of Magalthurei. During further search in the sea area, the Navy also recovered five floating packages which contained about 111 kilo grammes and 550 grammes of Kerala cannabis, in small packs.

It is believed that the suspects might have escaped from the scene abandoning the stock of Kerala cannabis, being unable to smuggle it into the island fearing the naval operations. Meanwhile, the Navy and Ilavalai Police are conducting further operations in search of the suspects. All items seized during this operation were subjected to thorough disinfection, adhering to the COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Further, the stock of Kerala cannabis and the dinghy were handed over to the Ilavalai Police in Jaffna for further investigations.