Customs officers attached to the Airmail Parcel Section of the Colombo Central Mail Exchange (CME) had detected Rs.1.4 million worth Hashish sent to a freelance Journalist in Nugegoda, Customs Media Spokesman Deputy Director Sunil Jayaratne said today.
He said the parcel weighing 1.4 kilograms was concealed in a skateboard sent from Spain.
The parcel was handed over to the Narcotics Bureau at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for further investigations, Mr. Jayaratne said.
The suspect freelance journalist was arrested by the Deputy Customs Superintendent Ruwan Kumara de Alwis when he arrived at the Airmail Parcel Section of the CME to collect the parcel.
An investigation was carried out by officials of Narcotics Control Unit lead by Channa Shanthapriya, Customs Superintendent Lal de Silva under the direction of Deputy Customs Directors Preethi Gallage and K.H.P. Kumarasiri. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama and T.K.G. Kapila)