Rs. 16 Mn worth of White Sandalwood seized

Rs. 16 Mn worth of White Sandalwood seized

Rs. 16 Mn worth of White Sandalwood seized

Written by Teena Marian

27 Apr, 2022 | 10:13 am

COLOMBO (News 1st); Two people were arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) for the possession of 787kg of White Sandalwood worth approximately Rs.16 Million.

The raid was carried out at a pottery Kiln located in Udawalawa based on information received by the officers of the Special Task Force Intelligence Division on Tuesday (26).

The suspects were handed over to the Embilipitiya Forest Reserve Office for investigations.

According to Sri Lanka Customs, Exportation of any part of Sandalwood (Santalum album) is prohibited, since the Sandalwood (Santalum album) is a protected tree in Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. Exportation of any product of sandalwood is a violation of Forest Conservation Ordinance and Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235).

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