The police have arrested three human smugglers in Matara and also recovered money they had obtained to send people to Australia by boat.
Investigations had revealed that the three men had, earlier this month, sent 68 people to Australia on a multi-day trawler.
The three men who were arrested in Dikwella, Matara are residents of Negombo, Mawanella and Nakulugamuwa, the police media unit said today.
The police had recovered three cheques marked to the value of Rs. 3 million which were in the possession of the suspects.
All three men were handed over to the CID and are being further questioned while being held under detention orders, the police said. (Colombo Gazette)