COLOMBO (NewsRadio); The Sri Lanka Navy has recovered over 85kg (wet weight) of Kerala cannabis during an operation in the South beach area of the Mandaitivu Island in Jaffna this morning.
The Navy said during a search operation carried out by SLNS Welusumana in the Northern Naval Command this morning, officers recovered 22 packages stuffed with Kerala cannabis weighing about 85kg and 450g.
The Navy said the gross street value of the stock of Kerala cannabis seized during the operation is believed to be over Rs. 28 million.
The consignment of narcotic substance has been kept in the naval custody until it is handed over to authorities for onward legal action.
The Navy added it conducts patrols and search operations in the coastal and sea areas of the island regularly, with a view to preventing smuggling acts and other illegal activities stemming from sea routes.