Navy nabs 14 suspects with over 39kgs of Kerala cannabis

Sri Lanka Navy personnel apprehend 14 suspects with a stock of 39Kgs and 197g of Kerala cannabis, during special search operations conducted across the island in the past couple of weeks.

Consequently, the Northwestern Naval Command together with Silavathurai and Kalpitiya Police were able to nab seven suspects with 25Kgs and 318gs of Kerala cannabis during search operations carried out in the Pudukuduirippu, Norochcholai, Karambe and Kalpitiya areas on November 17 and December 3. Some of these narcotic substances were ready to be transported when the detection was made. A motorbike was also seized during these operations.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Naval Command in coordination with the Kalawanchikudi STF and Mullaitive Police arrested three persons and seized 02Kg and 674g of Kerala cannabis. The separate operations were conducted at Puthur in Batticaloa, Pulmoddai and Pudukuduirippu in Mullaitivu on December 2, 4 and 10. Two motorbikes were also seized during the raid.

In a separate development, the Southern and North Central Naval Commands with the assistance of STF Hambantota and Mannar and Jayapuram Police arrested four suspects with 11kg and 205g of Kerala cannabis during special search operations carried out in the Embilipitiya, Mannar, Pallawarayankaddu and Mulankavil areas on December 10, 14 and 15.

The suspects held in these operations have been identified as residents of the Silawathura, Ettalei, Panadura, Weeraketiya, Colombo 12, Colombo 14, Pudunagar in Batticaloa, Pulmoddai, Udayarkattu, Embilipitiya and Thanamalwila areas and are between 24 to 46 years of age.

The suspects along with the motor vehicle and two motorbikes were handed over to the Silawathura, Norochcholai, Kalpitiya, Batticaloa, Pulmoddai, Mullaitivu, Embilipitiya, Mannar and Jayapuram Police for further investigations.

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