The Navy continues to conduct regular operations both at sea and covering its coastal border to curb illegal activities including drug trafficking. In a similar operation in the Illuppukadawai area today, the North Central Naval Command with the assistance of Mannar Police searched a refrigerator truck used for transportation of fish products, on suspicion. The search made way to the recovery of about 131kg and 725g of Kerala cannabis concealed in the truck, as 60 packages in seven travelling bags. Along with the recovered stock of narcotic substances, the raiding party also managed to nab two suspects involved in the racket and the truck. The street value of the seized stock of Kerala cannabis is believed to be over Rs.39 million.
The operation was carried out adhering to COVID-19 protocols in force to prevent the spread of the pandemic. The two suspects, aged 36 and 40 are residents of Kalpitiya. The accused together with the stock of cannabis and the lorry were handed over to the Mannar Police for further action.