Illegal activities: Navy apprehends 23 persons



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Contraband recovered by the navy


The Navy apprehended 23 persons engaged in illegal acts at several locations in the country during the past few days––three for possessing Kerala cannabis, one for possessing intoxicating drugs, one for keeping counterfeit money, one for having heroin, two for killing dolphins, two for transporting sandalwood logs and 13 for illegal fishing.


Acting on a tip-off, naval personnel attached to the Western Naval Command, in coordination with STF officers attached to the Bambalapitiya Police, nabbed a person with 1g 740 mg of heroin and Rs. 26,060, during a raid conducted in Gaswatta area, Peliyagoda on 27 November. The suspect, heroin and money were handed over to the Peliyagoda Police for legal action.


Acting on a tip-off naval personnel, attached to the Southern Naval Command together with STF personnel attached to Pattiyapola police, arrested two persons with 15 kilos of white sandalwood logs in Tangalle on 28 November. They were transporting the valuable timber on a motorcycle. They together with the timber and their vehicle were handed over to the Tangalle Police.


A suspect with 100 tablets of a strong painkiller was apprehended, at the Kinniya bridge, by naval personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command during a search carried out on 29 November. The painkiller is a prescription drug. The suspect and tablets were handed over to the Kinniya Police for legal action.


Following another tip-off, naval personnel belonging to the Eastern Naval Command in coordination with Division Vice Squad Trincomalee arrested a person with a Rs. 1,000 counterfeit note at Erakkandi, Trincomalee on 01 December. He along with the counterfeit note was handed over to the Kuchchaweli Police for further action.


Naval personnel, attached to the Coast Guard Station in Beruwala, arrested two persons with 27 kilos of dolphin flesh during a search conducted at the Beruwala fisheries harbour on 01 December. The were making preparations to transport the dolphin flesh by a lorry. The suspects along with the lorry and dolphin flesh were handed over to the Fisheries Inspector of Kalutara for further action.


Naval personnel, attached to the Western Naval Command, together with STF personnel from the Gonahena camp nabbed three suspects with 7.5 kilos of Kerala cannabis during a raid carried out in Wellawatte on 03 December. The arrest was made while the stock of cannabis was being transferred to sell by a van.


The suspects, cannabis and van were handed over to the Wellawatte Police Station for onward investigations.


Naval personnel from the North Central Naval Command arrested 13 persons for illegal fishing using banned nets in the sea off Thalaimannar Pier on 02 December. Five dinghies, 3 unauthorised fishing nets, 07 conch shells and 670 kilos of illegally harvested fish were also taken into naval custody. The suspects and items taken into custody were handed over to the Thalaimannar Police for further legal action.


Meanwhile, 1.800 kilos of Kerala cannabis and an electric scale were recovered by naval personnel attached to the North Central Naval Command and officials attached to the Mannar Police, during a joint search conducted in Pesalai on 02 December. The items taken into custody were handed over to the Mannar Police for further investigations.


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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