Airport Customs officials seized silver granules weighing around five kilos and worth around Rs. 400,000 this morning from a dustbin at Bandaranaike International Airport, arresting two suspects who had arrived from Dubai, Airport Customs Superintendent Parakrama Basnayake said.
The customs received a tip off from cleaners in the airport that they had discovered a heavy parcel in a dustbin.
“When a group of customs officers were sent to the scene they found the silver granules wrapped in polythene and covered with paper”, he said.
“They had hidden the silver in a dustbin after they saw several customs officers conducting duty in the vicinity”, he added.
The suspects are residents of Negombo who are businessmen in the area. It was revealed that the suspects had bought the silver from Dubai for the purpose of making jewellery. The silver was confiscated and the suspects were fined by the Airport Customs. (Supun Dias)
Gold Silver raw materials need to develop the jewellery field. Govt. is imporsing lot of taxes for above materials. Dubai is good example for jewellery market. Lot of jewellery field people are unemployed due to high cost of raw materials.
sanj Wednesday, 19 January 2011 05:06 PM
Seems like another smuggler!
Fair N Square Wednesday, 19 January 2011 07:04 PM
Hmmmm didnt know it was illegal to bring silver. Thought only Gold was prohibited...then again u can buy gold @ the duty free, so y bring it....
pasha Thursday, 20 January 2011 04:05 AM
how much silver and gold, that i can bring without it is confiscated
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