A 20-foot container with 348 bags of ‘Kothala Himbutu’ was seized by the staff of Customs Preventive Division today. The consignment weighed 8,000 kilograms was valued at about Rs. 4.2 million. Three suspects including a wharf-clerk, a businessman and an exporter from Colombo 11, were arrested. The consignment had been declared as 1,600 bags of Cinnamon chips to the customs.
The Customs had brought back the 20-foot container after the investigations had revealed that arrangements had been made to send the container to Japan from Malaysia. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja