Conch shell smuggling: Four remanded
Four suspects arrested on Sunday by Kalpitiya Police on charges of
smuggling tons of conch shells out of the country, were remanded until
March 1 by the Kalpitiya Magistrate. Police said the suspects were
arrested from a beach resort located in Ranpitiya Coast while they were
loading the items in gunny bags to a trawler to transport them.
“There were 70 gunny sacks of conch shells altogether,” Kalpitiya
Police said. The suspects were arrested along with the items.The arrest
was made in the early hours following a tip-off, Police said. The
suspects had transported conch shells to the beach in a tractor after
storing them into gunny sacks, Police said.
OIC, Kalpitiya Police, Lakshman Ranwala Arachchi yesterday said, the
arrest was made while the suspects were loading the sacks into the boat
from the tractor.