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13 April 2018 12:04 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Two Chinese nationals were arrested while attempting to smuggle in cigarettes valued at Rs. 2.2 million at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake last night, the Customs Department said.

Customs Spokesman Deputy Director Sunil Jayaratne said the two suspects were apprehended with illegally brought 44,600 sticks (233 cartons) of cigarettes valued at Rs. 2,230,000.

He said the two suspects, a 32-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, were released on penalties of Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 20,000.

The haul had been detected by U.G.S. Udayanga, N.K. Silva, Jeevantha Ahangama and Assistant Superintendent of Customs H.N. Nilanka.


  Comments - 5

  • ANTON Friday, 13 April 2018 12:24 PM


    faito Friday, 13 April 2018 02:23 PM

    arresting chinease once a week at B I A it's normal

    wilkie Friday, 13 April 2018 04:45 PM

    Penalties should be the full value of the smuggled cigarettes.

    Brainmaster Friday, 13 April 2018 08:29 PM

    This penalty is absolutely ridiculous. via DM Android App

    Ben Saturday, 14 April 2018 08:24 AM

    Yes I agree the penalties should be double the value of the cigarets.This money is chicken feed. only Rs 50000 = 2000 RMB =310 USDA Chinese Hi Class buffet is already 150 USD per person.The Chinezxe must be laughing at our customs.

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