Kerala Cannabis worth Rs.130 Mn seized | Daily News

Kerala Cannabis worth Rs.130 Mn seized

The seized stock of Kerala Cannabis along with the arrested suspects.
The seized stock of Kerala Cannabis along with the arrested suspects.

A special operation mounted by the Navy and the Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) led to the interception of an Indian dhow carrying about 434 kgs (wet weight) of Kerala Cannabis along with five Indian suspects aboard. The detection was made in the northwestern waters on Tuesday. The coordinated operation also made way for the apprehension of a local fishing trawler along with five Sri Lankan nationals, suspected to have been connection to the incident.

The Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard remain ever alert to prevent wide-ranging illegal activities stemming from sea routes around the island. As an extension of these efforts, SLCGS Suraksha engaged in this special operation inspected a suspicious Indian dhow in Sri Lankan waters west of the Kudiramalai Point, Puttalam through the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and made the detection of Kerala cannabis packed 9 sacks.

Meanwhile, SLCGS Suraksha also seized a local one day fishing trawler with five Sri Lankans, on suspicion that the trawler had reached the sea area to transfer the consignment from the Indian dhow and bring them ashore. The street value of the stock of Kerala cannabis seized in this operation is believed to be over Rs. 130 million. The intercepted Indian dhow, the stock of Kerala cannabis as well as Indian and local suspects were brought ashore and handed over to the Kalpitiya Police for further legal proceedings following preliminary investigation.

 


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