Sri Lanka deploys police, Customs in civvies against smugglers

ECONOMYNEXT –  Sri Lanka has deployed police Criminal Investigations Department detectives and Customs officials in civilian clothes to arrest smugglers at the main Bandaranaike international airport (BIA), the finance ministry said.

A statement said CID officials arrested an inbound Sri Lanka passenger from New Delhi who came out after Customs clearance at BIA with 20 kilos of gold stitched to his clothing Friday morning.

The gold was worth about Rs 130 million, it said.

The move follows talks held by the Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera with the heads of the CID and Customs to detect contraband being brought to the country resulting in loss of revenue to the state.

“As a result of this discussion, from last week CID and Customs  officials have been deployed  in mufti (civvies) at all entry ports to detect  contraband goods,” the minustry said.

“This detection of gold after the particular passenger came out of the Customs clearance of the BIA, Colombo is the result of making such arrangements.”
(COLOMBO, 31 August, 2018)

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