Last Updated : 2019-01-22 16:20:44

Apps Advertising Home Delivery Feedback

Six members of SL family arrested at BIA

12 January 2019 08:11 am - 1     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A Sri Lankan family of six who attempted to smuggle a large stock of cosmetics, imported cigarettes and foreign liquor worth nearly Rs.1 million were taken into custody by the Customs at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on Wednesday evening.

The Customs officials stationed at the Arrival Terminal on suspicion checked a family of six including several women, who had arrived from India, when attempting to leave the airport from the ‘Nothing to Declare’ Customs Green Channel.

Customs Spokesman and Director, Sunil Jayaratne told Daily Mirror the family had arrived from Chennai on SriLankan airlines flight UL128 at 6.30 pm.

The sleuths checked their baggage after they were found to behave in a suspicious manner and detected the contraband which they were attempting to smuggle into the country without declaring them at the Customs.

Among the seized goods were a large stock of cosmetics including creams, lotions, perfumes, 30 bottles of foreign whiskey and 25 cartons of a foreign brand of cigarettes with snuff tobacco, which is illegal in Sri Lanka.

According to Director Jayaratne, such a large amount of foreign cosmetics, whether for personal use or sale will have to be imported under permission from the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) only.

The detection was carried out by Customs Superintendents G M B Gajanayake and Ravi Kumaran with Assistant Superintendents R M A L Ratnayake and D M G Daniel.

The Customs investigation was conducted by Additional Director General Saman Ranawana and Deputy Director S P I Balasooriya.

The stock of whiskey and tobacco were taken over by the Customs whereas the cosmetics were detained for further clearance from the NMRA.

Customs Director Jagath Obeysekara, who conducted the inquiry directed that the suspects be released without any penalty charges. (Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana)

  Comments - 1

  • Sala Monday, 14 January 2019 09:32 PM

    Oh my God is it a big news 10 lacks.

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment

Online sexism perpetuates with impunity

The forward journey of a woman is often hampered by culture, stereotypes and

Karannagoda arrives at CID

Former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda arrived at the Criminal In

25 UNP backbenchers to defeat President’s expenditure head

UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra said yesterday more than 25 UNP backbenchers wer

UL has no manual on obtaining foreign, financial loans

SriLankan Airlines does not have an instruction manual or guidebook when it c