May 16, 2018

Gold smugglers nabbed at BIA

Two Sri Lankan passengers who were attempting to smuggle 20 gold biscuits worth around Rs 30 million concealed in their rectums were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake by customs officers.

The suspects aged 32 and 25 were found to be  residents of Hambantota, but had been residing in  Dematagoda and Colombo for business purposes. They had arrived from Singapore and Chennai on flights UL 307 and UL122 respectively on May 15th.

The Customs officers had observed their suspicious movements and had stopped them and  subjected the duo to a scan, which revealed the gold bars concealed in their rectum.  

The two passengers had concealed in their rectum  8 and 12 gold biscuits each weighing 100g each.

The twenty Gold Biscuits weighed two kilos.

The arrests were made by the Deputy Customs Superintendents Nuwan Abeynayake, Rasika Samanjith, Srilal Wijewardena, Anupriya Gunawardena, Dhanushka Alahakoon, Ruchira Jayawardena, Achintha Jayawardena and Mahesh Gunatillake.

The raid was conducted under the directive of the Customs Director of the BIA, while further investigations are being carried out by Deputy Customs Directors O.J. Obesekara and Viraj Wijewardena.