Army busts an organised Kerala ganja racket during 12-hour search operation

January 27, 2020

- Eight smugglers with 24 Kilos of Kerala ganja and haul of satin wood taken into custody  

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has detected 24 kilos of Kerala ganja and 99.5 ft of satin wood during its 12-hour special search operation, which concluded in the morning, today (26).  

The special search operation was conducted on the A 9 road by the soldiers attached to the 56 Division in Wanni where the army had put roadblocks at Puliyankulam and Omanthai.

The stocks have been transported in busses that operate from Jaffna to Colombo.

The SLA commenced the special search operation following the directives of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to eradicate drug menace and curb smuggling.

Troops were deployed to assist the Police under the directives of the Acting CDS and SLA Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva.

The solders of the 16th Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) and 21st SLSR serving under 561 and 563 Brigades arrested the suspects during the search operations conducted from last evening to the following day morning.

Eight suspects with Kerala ganja in their possession and the bus transporting satinwood were produced before the Vavuniya magistrate today (26).

Puliyankulam and Omanthai Police are conducting further investigations.