Sri Lanka: Cannabis smuggling continues in Northern seas amid militarization, Rs. 11 million worth cannabis seized

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Sri Lanka Navy seized about 38kg and 450g (with wet weight) of Kerala cannabis in seas off Mandalakuda of Point Pedro, Jaffna on 06th September 2021

The street value of Kerala cannabis’s seized stock is approx. 11 million Sri Lankan Rupees.

The smuggling of cannabis (Ganja) has significantly increased after the end of the war. In 2016, Tamil Net reported that the Sri Lankan military under Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former ‘Defence Secretary’ of occupying Colombo, deployed narcotics as a tool of genocidal war against Eelam Tamils. The Mannar area largely functioned as the hub for drug smuggling during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. The transition to Jaffna has taken place during the rule of Maithiripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickramasinghe.

According to the Sri Lankan Navy press release, ” the Northern Naval Command deployed P 480 Fast Attack Craft of the 04th Fast Attack Flotilla (4 FAF) along with P 053 Inshore Patrol Craft in Mandalakuda sea area on the evening of 06th September. The operation made way to the recovery of about 38kg and 450g (with wet weight) of Kerala cannabis in 10 packages, cast away into the sea by smugglers, being unable to take them ashore due to naval operations.”

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