Customs made one of its biggest detections in the history of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) when a Sri Lankan was arrested having foreign currency worth Rs.81.76 million which he attempted to smuggle to Singapore today.
The Customs said the foreign currency including US Dollars, Sterling Pounds, Australian Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Kuwaiti Dinars, UAE Dirhams, Saudi Riyals, Swiss Francs and Euros.
Customs Deputy Director Mali Piyasena said the 52-year-old resident of Hambantota was on his way to board a flight bound to Singapore and that the money was found in his checked luggage.
“The man has been engaged in smuggling foreign currency for a considerable time period,” he said. Customs is also investigating whether he was assisted by people working inside the BIA. (Supun Dias)