The Sri Lanka Navy has arrested two suspects for the possession of 1,172kg of dried turmeric in Silawathura.
The Navy said 18 sacks weighing 679kg of dried turmeric were seized from one vessel while another 13 sacks weighing 493kg were located along the Silawathura beach.
The 24 year old suspects are residents of Sawari Puram.
The Navy said operations and patrols to seize illegal contraband amidst the pandemic are continuously being carried out.
The stock of dried turmeric and the vessel have been handed over to the Silawathura Police for legal action.
Meanwhile, the haul of dried turmeric retrieved from the beach will be held by the Navy until it is produced for legal proceedings.