Inshore Patrol Craft P 261 and P233 detected an Indian dhow in Sri Lankan waters via the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and searched it. About 2,100kg of smuggled dried turmeric in 60 sacks were found on the dhow.
The stock of dried turmeric along with the six Indian nationals aboard and the dinghy was taken into Naval custody. The smugglers had planned to exchange dried turmeric brought by the Indian dhow to a local vessel mid sea to bring them ashore.
The Naval Ship (SLNS) Gajaba in the North Central Naval Command on September 17 in the lagoon area of South Bar, spotted a suspicious dinghy via the South Bar lagoon.
Upon search, about 866.200kg of dried turmeric in 20 sacks were found. The Navy also nabbed four suspects and a dinghy.
On September 16 morning, marines attached to the SLNS Gajaba in the North Central Naval Command held a stock of dried turmeric in 22 sacks from the Irukkampiddi lagoon.
The consignment of turmeric weighed about 738.700kgg with wet weight.
The stock of dried turmeric has been taken into Naval custody.
The suspects held in South Bar have been identified as residents of Mannar. They were handed over to the Mannar Public Health Inspector for quarantine. The stock of dried turmeric and the dinghy have been kept in naval custody.