Sat, 25 Mar 2023 Today's Paper

Four Chinese nabbed with cigarettes worth Rs. 3.5 mn

15 November 2016 11:47 am - 2     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Four Chinese nationals were arrested this morning at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) by the airport customs officers while trying to smuggle cigarettes worth Rs. 3.5million into the country, Deputy Customs Director Parakrama Basnayaka said.

The suspects were arrested at the customs Green Channel while trying to escape customs officials.
The four suspects, two men (aged 53 and 45) and two women (aged 27 and 30) arrived in the country at 5.40 a. m from Kunming, China.

During the investigations, officers found 410 cigarette cartons made in China packed in to their luggage.

“There is a trend developing in the country for Chinese cigarettes. Several Chinese brands were seized earlier on numerous occasions confirming that there is a trend in the Sri Lankan market,” Mr. Basnauyaka said.

The raid was conducted under the direction of customs Director J.R. Uduwawala, Deputy Customs Director Parakrama Basnayake and Darshana Silva while investigations are being carried out by the Customs Director J.R. Samarakoon. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 2

  • kaboos Tuesday, 15 November 2016 12:50 PM

    Now cigarettes have become a luxury item.

    Roshan Tuesday, 15 November 2016 02:08 PM

    That's right, smile for the cameras boys!

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

Import of South Indian eggs: Sri Lanka walks on Indian eggshells

With the increase in egg prices the government decided to import eggs to regu

Wokeism: Is it destructive, or are you afraid of change? A response

In order to critically discuss a movement, we must first understand its etymo

Defeat in Ananthapuram Battle denoted the LTTE’s end

Many battles were fought during the long war between the Sri Lankan armed for

Wokeism: A Weapon of Mass Destruction?

When can one say they’ve had enough of being in a state of ‘wokeness’ a