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Two barrels said to contain 50Kgs of wallapatta or sandal wood oil valued at Rs.10 million, were seized by the Customs this morning at the Katunayake cargo terminal. The goods were detected at the time were being prepared for export to Singapore.

Customs media spokesman Leslie Gamini said the consignment was declared as two barrels of documents.

The raid was conducted by the Customs Bio Diversity Cultural and National Heritage Branch.

Meanwhile, Two Cambodian nationals were arrested with 35.9 kilos of ‘Wallapatta’ herbs (Gyrinops walla) worth Rs.327,500 million while they trying to flee to Bangkok this morning, Mr. Gamini said.

The goods were confiscated and a Rs.200, 000 penalty imposed. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Spitfire Tuesday, 08 October 2013 01:56 PM

    Rs.327,500 million are you sure? That is a google sum!

    mitchelle abeyratne Tuesday, 08 October 2013 07:53 PM

    These buggers are mad. Rs:327,500 million for 35.9 kgs of Walpatta? That is 327 billion rupees. We can settle our national debt by exporting walpatta or Sandal wood.

    OMG Wednesday, 09 October 2013 12:41 AM

    If this thing has such high demand why not ask people to grow it instead of making such a big hue and cry about it.

    Sri Lanka needs all the money it can get.


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