The Navy apprehended three suspects with one kilo of crystal methamphetamine (‘ICE’) and a dinghy, during a patrol carried out in seas off the Delft Island yesterday.
The Navy has been conducting regular patrols in waters around the island to prevent smuggling of drugs and other forms of illegal activities. Accordingly, an Inshore Patrol Craft attached to SLNS Wasaba in the Northern Naval Command detected a dinghy in seas off the Delft Island yesterday morning and recovered one kilo of crystal methamphetamine being smuggled by the dinghy. The Navy also nabbed three suspects aboard and the dinghy used for this illegal act.
The gross street value of seized crystal methamphetamine is believed to be approximately Rs. 8 million.
The suspects were identified as residents of Pooneryn and Mannar areas, from 23 to 36 years of age. The accused together with narcotics and the dinghy will be handed over to the Delft Police for onward legal proceedings.