A 35-year-old Sri Lankan woman was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) last night while attempting to smuggle in foreign currency worth Rs.5,090,666 concealed in her hand bag, Customs media spokesman Leslie Gamini said.
He said the woman was carrying 16,444 Euro and 16,000 US dollars which were found inside a false bottom of her hand bag.
The woman had arrived from Chennai. Preliminary investigations had revealed that she was a frequent traveller to India and had travelled to India on four occasions in the past two weeks.
The Customs confiscated the foreign currency and imposed a penalty of Rs.100,000. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
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Comments - 9
Chaminda Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:18 AM
Customs are crooks and they confesticate money of traders and charge money. People who sell property how are they supposed to take money out of the country. Central Bank Says Sri Lankan Rupees is free floating but is it true. This is nothing but lies of Central Bank and crimilaizing people who want to make a living. In this country people cannot earn honest living but crooks of customs have large houses with millionare facilities.
citizen Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:19 AM
Very true. Non citizen of SL who sells his property and who wants to take the money out of the country has so much red tape and make it hell for that person.
lakshman Thursday, 30 January 2014 02:24 AM
Woman was stupid.If she was bringing in Foreign currency into the country she simply could have declared same on arrival.Dont believe there is a limit one could bring in Foreign currency as long as it is declared
Mm Wednesday, 29 January 2014 09:12 AM
Why do the Sri Lankan airport custom officers nod and smile at the traders(goods carriers) who constantly travel in and out of Singapore?? The customs turn a blind eye as these traders bring in bottles and bottles of duty free liquor also!!!!
KD Thursday, 30 January 2014 03:27 AM
It takes one crook to catch another ! If each one scratches the others back then you go unhindered. Unfortunately this crook probably refused to scratch.
Anders Carlsson Wednesday, 29 January 2014 02:43 PM
Smuggled money are confiscated, but where does they end after the confiscation?
sanjaya Wednesday, 29 January 2014 03:46 PM
customs are crooks never trust them they wear white shirts and white trousers for nothing so much of bribe must tell the entire world about them
sanjaya Wednesday, 29 January 2014 03:47 PM
customs people are all roughs bad people
Chris Wednesday, 29 January 2014 05:20 PM
Sorry, Not all.
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