A special search operation conducted by the Navy off Mamunai of Veththalakerni, Jaffna this morning (08th June 2023) led to the recovery of more than 128 kg (wet weight) of Kerala cannabis adrift in waters. 

The Navy keeps a round-the-clock vigil in the coastal and sea areas of the island with a view to prevent nefarious activities taking place via sea routes.

As an extension of these operations, small craft attached to the Naval Detachment Mamunai belonging to the Naval Deployment Veththalakerni in the Northern Naval Command carried out the special search operation in the sea area of Mamunai today (08th June) and recovered 04 suspicious sacks adrift in waters. The sacks contained about 128kg and 100g (wet weight) of Kerala cannabis which had been stuffed in 53 parcels.

‍It is suspected that smugglers might have abandoned the consignment of Kerala cannabis being unable to fetch them into the country, due to constant naval operations. Meanwhile, the gross street value of seized Kerala cannabis is believed to be over Rs. 42 million.

The stock of Kerala cannabis has been kept in the naval custody until it is handed over to authorities for onward action.