Navy holds two traffickers with Beedi leaves at Northern seas

The Navy, during a patrol carried out in the Northern seas on 27th September 2019, held 27 parcels of Beedi leaves with two drug traffickers.

Accordingly, 1316.6 of Beedi leaves with these two suspects were apprehended during a raid conducted by the Northern Naval Command in the seas off Analathivu island and this haul of Beedi leaves is suspected to be an attempt of transfer by a dinghy to Sri Lanka. The seized haul of beedi leaves and the persons are due to be handed over to the Jaffna Customs for onward investigation.

As a result of continuous naval operations, the smugglers find it difficult to sneak into the country. Over 38000kg of Beedi leaves have been seized by Navy only within this year and the Navy will continue to tighten its grip on such activities taking place in the waters around the island.