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Navy hold six suspects with dried turmeric, big onion seeds

The seized goods.
The seized goods.

A special search operation by the Navy in the lagoon area of Wattakkalliya, Chilaw on June 2 seized 362.950kg of dried turmeric and 571.400kg of big onion seeds being smuggled into the island. Six suspects were also arrested.

The Western Naval Command in coordination with the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and the Chilaw Police conducted the special operation in the Wattakkalliya lagoon area June 2 morning and seized sacks being unloaded from two dinghies near the lagoon.

Fourteen of them contained 362.950kg of dried turmeric and the other 22 sacks have been stuffed with 571.400kg of big onion seeds. Two dinghies and four were also taken into custody.

Two other persons who have arrived at the location to transport the smuggled consignment of dried turmeric and big onion seeds were also held along with a small lorry.

The accused are residents of Chilaw and Pannala, 30 to 50 years of age. The six suspects along with the dried turmeric, big onion seeds, two dinghies and the lorry were handed over to the Chilaw Police.