A Chinese man was arrested while attempting to smuggle in cigarettes valued at Rs. 1.4 million at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning, the Customs Department said.
Customs Spokesman Deputy Director Sunil Jayaratne said the suspect aged 44, arrived from Singapore, was apprehended with illegally brought 28 000 sticks (140 cartoons) of cigarettes valued at Rs. 1,400,000.
He said the haul had been detected by Superintendent of Customs Lal Silva.
On Thursday, another two Chinese nationals were arrested while attempting to smuggle in cigarettes valued at Rs. 2.2 million at the BIA.