Coast Guard Craft CG 401 attached to the Northern Region on routine patrol recovered two (2) Polythene bags consisting of 25 parcels (each approx weight 2.2 Kg) of Kerala Cannabis (total weight 55.4 Kg) floating at location approximately 5 nautical miles North of Thondamannaru area on AM 19 Nov 17. On the previous night CG 401 has detected a suspicious fishing boat moving southwards crossing IMBL and same was intercepted and thoroughly searched, but has found no suspicious items onboard. However, due to the suspicious behaviour of the two persons in the boat, surrounding area was searched at dawn on 19thand around 0615 hrs observed that two parcels wrapped with pink colour polythene is floating at above location. It is suspected that the smugglers have thrown this contraband overboard when they were intercepted by the Coast guard vessel.
The recovered contraband was handed over to KKS Police for further investigations. The Sri Lanka Coast Guard is always vigilant in liaison with Northern Naval Command on arresting of contraband smuggled through the northern seas and up to date the Command has apprehended a total weight of 1793.3 Kg of Kerala Cannabis that had been smuggled since January 2017.