Sri Lanka Naval personnel attached to the North Western Naval Command on information received recovered 19 kilograms of cannabis (Kerala Ganja) which had been dumped by cross-border narcotic smugglers in the seas south of Mannar.
The detection was made in the early hours of September 5, 2014.
Naval troops and naval patrol craft P 215 attached to SLNS Thammanna also rendered assistance for the mission.
The recovered items were handed over to Narcotic Branch of Mannar for further investigations.
Sri Lanka Navy maintains continuous surveillance along the coastal belt in order to prevent drug smuggling via sea. Vigilant naval personnel have been able to foil a number of cross border drug smuggling rackets and apprehend the key personnel involved due to their alertness.