A special washroom needed-Customs Chief

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The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) urgently needed a special washroom equipped to help Customs investigations, Custom Director Sarath Nonis said.

“The increasing trend  in smuggling items such as  gold and heroin  hidden in the  internal parts of human body  such as rectum and stomach have necessitated the installation of the new washroom system within the airport premises,” he said.

“The value of the gold seized which weighs 50 kilos at the airport during the recent past is more than Rs 500 mn,” he said.

“Removal of gold pieces and heroin from the suspect’s bodies has caused serious situations rendering them to bleed.

“Up to September 25, 14 attempts to smuggle out gold and foreign currencies hidden in the suspects’ bodies have been revealed. These smuggling seems to have been carried out by individuals led by an organised mafia. And there is a possibility of increase of the smuggling in future,” he said. (News and pix by Nirmala Fernandez)


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  • Anura Gunawardane Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:33 AM

    Where is this gold coming to Sri Lanka, do we have known gold deposits

    Sonali de Silva Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:39 AM

    Watch UK Border Force or Customs UK on you tube and you will know what type of toilets they have installed in their airports to deal with these issues.

    Justice Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:40 AM

    Very soon you may have to install a operating theater with the rate of gold smuggling in the rectums. All theater charges, doctors fees and all other expenses connected with the operation must be borne by the culprits. This may negate the smuggling with the fear attached to such cases.

    Rakesh Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:41 AM

    Good Job SL Customs.....

    kondebendapucheena Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:09 PM

    keep pumping money to state coffer by finding so much gold,great work

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:34 PM

    Oh Yes, at the rate the smugglers are using all parts of their anatomies to carry gems and gold, not only wash rooms, the Customs will need adequate number of medical personnel and pharmacists to administer the required laxatives and to keep a close watch on the toilet habits of the smugglers.

    ANTON Thursday, 26 September 2013 01:10 PM

    FIRST INVESTIGATE WHERE AND HOW THEY GET SUCH A LARGE AMOUNT VALUABLE MINERALS AND METALS.

    godaya Thursday, 26 September 2013 01:14 PM

    Airport customs need a operating theatre & a surgeon no
    anesthesia

    Jhonny Friday, 27 September 2013 06:15 AM

    May be LTTE gold dissapeared after the war??

    Pasel Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:02 AM

    Airport need hospital not a special bathroom

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:27 AM

    Yes they need a special washroom.... to deal with "Gold Diarrhea" !

    Matta Thursday, 26 September 2013 02:13 PM

    Get one of these for the gold smugglers


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