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Businessman arrested at BIA with foreign cigarettes worth Rs. 2.7mn

Release time:2024-01-05 Publisher:South Asia Development

A large consignment of foreign cigarettes worth approximately Rs. 2.71 million has been impounded by the officers of Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake.

A businessman, 48, was arrested for attempting to smuggle in the contraband.

He had arrived at the BIA from Muscat in Oman via Oman Air flight OV-437 at around 04:51 a.m. on Thursday (Jan.04).

The PNB officers found 135 cartons containing 27,120 sticks of foreign cigarettes in the luggage belonging to the said businessman. Six more packets of foreign cigarettes were also found hidden inside luggage.

The businessman, who was identified as a resident of Piliyandala area, has been detained for further interrogations.