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A 36-year-old Brazilian man has been taken into custody at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on Friday on charges of cocaine trafficking, Acting Customs Spokesman Vipula Minuwanpitiya said.

The suspect had arrived from Sao Paulo, Brazil carrying capsules containing cocaine weighing 1 kg and worth around Rs. 20 million in his stomach.

The Customs officials had interrogated him and found out that he had swallowed condoms filled with drugs. He was later admitted him to the Negombo General Hospital.

Following an X-Ray examination, medical officers had confirmed that the suspect had swallowed capsules of cocaine.

Mr. Minuwanpitiya said the medical officers were able to take out some 69 capsules containing cocaine by this morning.

However, further examinations had confirmed that there were more capsules in the suspect’s stomach.

Therefore, Mr. Minuwanpitiya said the foreigner was detained at the hospital to take the rest of the drugs out.

Meanwhile, Custom officials had received a court order from the Minuwangoda Magistrate to keep the suspect in 14 days remand custody until March 1.

Customs officials are conducting further investigations. (T.K.G. Kapila)

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  • ANTON Sunday, 18 February 2018 11:53 AM

    THE MAIN CAUSE IS THAT THE LAWS SET UP FOR NARCOTIC TRAFFICKING IS NOT STRONG ENOUGH. THALATHA SHOULD GET GUIDANCE FROM MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES.

    Ceylon Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:02 PM

    Laws are enough.implimentation is zero.famous drug criminals are in president's office and temple trees.

    Ceylon Sunday, 18 February 2018 01:33 PM

    Former president and oresent president both are very closely involved with this traitorous trade.its well known facts.present man gave cabinet post to known drud boss.how can stop this trade???.punish them with death.

    goonbag Sunday, 18 February 2018 03:05 PM

    I mean his coming from south america, that's pretty much a dead give away.

    Bala Sunday, 18 February 2018 03:14 PM

    As usual we are catching sprats - the courier guys. To whom was he to deliver these drugs - the Godfathers - Police/Customs will never catch them as they pay well.


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