The Navy managed seized 81kg and 220g (wet weight) of Kerala cannabis, during a patrol in seas off Mannar sand banks yesterday.
The Navy remains watchful and conducts regular patrols to ward off wide-ranging illegal activities stemming from sea routes. Accordingly, SLNS Thammanna in the North Central Naval Command managed to take hold of this consignment of narcotics, after detection of a sack lying at a sand dune, during a patrol in seas off Mannar sand banks. The sack contained 25 packages which had been stuffed with Kerala cannabis weighing 81kg and 220g (wet weight). It is believed that the smugglers had left behind the stock of Kerala cannabis, being unable to fetch them away as a result of Naval presence.
The stock of Kerala cannabis is being kept in Naval custody for onward legal proceedings and the gross street value of the narcotics is believed to be over Rs. 20 million.