Sri Lanka Navy seizes over 275 kg of Kerala Cannabis in northern seas
Wed, Aug 12, 2020, 11:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Aug 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy during a special operation carried out on Tuesday in the northern seas has seized over 275 kg of Kerala Cannabis, the Navy Media Unit said.
The Navy personnel attached to the Northern Naval Command in a Fast Attack Craft had launched a special search in the seas about 22 nautical miles (about 40km) north of Point Pedro yesterday.
The Navy team has recovered six sacks containing Kerala cannabis abandoned at sea by racketeers, as their smuggling attempt was foiled by the Navy’s presence. The wet weight of the recovered haul of drugs is measured to be over 275kg.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the seized stock of drugs was handed over to the Point Pedro Police for onward investigation, after proper sterilization process.
Meanwhile, naval operations are currently underway in search of the drug transferring vessel and smugglers involved in this racket, the Navy said.
Sri Lanka Navy remains vigilant around the clock to curb smuggling of contraband and human smuggling activities by regularly inspecting suspicious vessels in island’s waters, the Navy Media Unit said.
In this backdrop, the Northern Naval Command under the supervision of Deputy Chief of Staff and Commander Northern Naval Area, continues to carry out coordinated operations covering both land and sea areas, depending on the available intelligence.