The Navy remains vigilant and conducts operations around the clock, to thwart wide-ranging illegal activities and drug smuggling attempts emanating from sea routes. In a similar operation, Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Kelani, an establishment in the Western Naval Command searched a dinghy approaching the Negombo Lagoon August 31 and 1050Kg of dried turmeric in 29 sacks. The dinghy and two suspects aboard were taken into naval custody.
A group of naval personnel attached to the Special Boat Squadron (SBS), on spotting a suspicious dinghy gave chase to it. The Navy found the abandoned dinghy in the lagoon and recovered about 973Kg and 650g of dried turmeric stuffed in 26 sacks. As such, the Navy seized over 2,023Kg of dried turmeric during both operations.
The two suspects, aged 36 and 37 are residents of Pitipana in Negombo.
The accused along with the stock of dried turmeric and the dinghy handed over to the Customs Preventive Office Katunayake for further action. Further, the abandoned stock of dried turmeric and the dinghy found in Negombo Lagoon have been detained in naval custody, the Navy Media Unit said.