A special operation conducted by Sri Lanka Coast Guard in seas off Kovilan Point Lighthouse in Jaffna yesterday led to the seizure of 66kg and 600g of Kerala cannabis.
Three suspects in connection with the incident and the dinghy used for this smuggling attempt were also taken into custody.
The Fast Attack Craft CG 409 of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard in the Northern Naval Command intercepted the dinghy in seas off Kovilan Point Lighthouse yesterday.
A subsequent search of the dinghy led to the recovery of 66kg and 600g of Kerala cannabis smuggled via sea.
The narcotics had been stuffed in 30 parcels which were in two sacks. Meanwhile, Fast Attack Craft CG 409 also held three suspects in connection with this incident and the dinghy used to smuggle Kerala cannabis. The street value of the seized stock of Kerala cannabis is believed to be around Rs. 20 million.
The suspects held in this operation were residents of Mullaitivu and Madagal areas, aged 20 and 24. The accused together with the Kerala cannabis and the dinghy were handed over to the Divisional Crime Detective Branch, Kankesanthurai.