Two suspects have been arrested at Buttala-Okkampitiya road while transporting a stock of Ceylon Ebony wood, commonly known as ‘Kaluwara’, in a lorry.
The arrest had been made based on a tip-off received by the Special Task Force of the Buttala Police.
The suspects had been transporting the haul from Maligawila to Monaragala area.
Police have found 111 pieces of wood expertly hidden inside the lorry and the value of the haul is estimated to be over Rs 600,000, according to the Police.
The suspects are residents of Buttala and Okkampitiya and have been transferred over to the Forest Conservation Department in Buttala for further investigations.
They are to be presented at the Wellawaya Magistrate’s Court.
(Source: Ada Derana)