A special search operation carried out by the Navy in Anawasala, Kalpitiya yesterday (21) has led to the seizure of a lorry preparing to transfer 1,508kg of smuggled kendu leaves.
The operation also led to the apprehension of three suspects.
The suspects and smuggled items have been handed over to the Kalpitiya Police for further legal action.
Following information received by the Navy Intelligence Unit, the search operation was launched by SLNS Vijaya.
The kendu leaves were packed in 48 sacks.
In addition, the Navy also seized 744kg of tobacco in 39 sacks and 129kg of tobacco powder in eight sacks which was arranged in manner that concealed the stock of kendu leaves.
The suspects were identified as residents of Galewela between 29 and 36 years of age.