Navy seizes 237 kg of Kerala Cannabis in Point Pedro

Sri Lanka Navy has seized 237 kilograms and 500 grams of Kerala Cannabis during a special operation conducted in seas North of Point Pedro today (June 14).

The special operation carried out by the Northern Naval Command in seas North of Point Pedro in the wee hours of today, had led to the interception of a suspicious dinghy heading shoreward loaded with 02 sacks of Kerala cannabis.

The Navy has taken the dinghy and 03 suspects aboard into custody in this operation.

Based on a tip-off received from the suspects, the Navy and Coast Guard conducted a further search in the sea area and found 06 more sacks of Kerala Cannabis thrown overboard by the suspects.

Accordingly, the entire operation led to the seizure of nearly 237kg and 500g (in wet weight) of Kerala cannabis in 08 sacks.

It is suspected that the consignment of Kerala cannabis was transferred to the dinghy at the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) with the intention of smuggling them into the island.

The street value of this haul of cannabis is believed to be about Rs. 71 million, Sri Lanka Navy said.

The operation had been conducted adhering to COVID-19 protocols in force to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

The suspects held during this operation were residents of Point Pedro and Achchuweli from 28 to 29 years of age.

The suspects together with the Kerala cannabis and the dinghy will be handed over to the Kankesanturai Police for onward legal action.