Two persons who tried to smuggle 45,400 foreign made cigarettes worth Rs. 4.5 million to Sri Lanka were arrested Monday (18) at the arrival terminal of Katunayake Airport by a group of customs officials, said Customs Director Seevali Arukgoda.
These two persons were in possession of 227 cartons of cigarettes when arrested.
One of these suspects is a businesswoman from Yatiyanthota. Other suspect is a businessman from Kalmunai. These two persons engaged in a business bringing goods from abroad and sell them in Sri Lanka.
All the cigarettes were confiscated after the formal customs investigation and the man was ordered to pay a fine of Rs. 100,000. In addition, the businesswoman has been thoroughly warned and released.