Passenger tried to smuggle dollars and dirhams – Airport Customs alleges

Passenger tried to smuggle dollars and dirhams – Airport Customs alleges

Passenger tried to smuggle dollars and dirhams – Airport Customs alleges

Written by Staff Writer

02 May, 2015 | 5:23 pm

A passenger who allegedly attempted to smuggle foreign currency out of the country was arrested at the Katunayake airport.

Customs Media Spokesperson, Director of the Customs Legal division Leslie Gamini said that the suspect, a thirty-nine-year-old Sri Lankan National, was attempting to smuggle foreign currency in a flight bound to Doha.

A sum of U.S. dollars 45,410 and 5,445 United Arab Emirates Dirhams along with Rs.19, 000 were seized by the customs. The stock of foreign currency is valued at more than Rs.6.3 million.

Gamini added that, with this incident, seventeen alleged attempts to smuggle foreign currency have so far been reported this year and more than Rs.100 million worth of foreign currency were confiscated.

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