Man held with Wallapatta chips worth Rs 9.6 million

Man held with Wallapatta chips worth Rs 9.6 million

April 4, 2015   03:08 pm

A Sri Lankan national has been arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake for attempting to leave the country with Wallpatta chips, worth around Rs 9.6 million in the market, concealed in his baggage.

The 40-year-old from Colombo was preparing to smuggle the haul of chips, from the endemic plant, to Dubai in FlyDubai flight FZ 551 at 4.30am today.

In total 19.29 kilograms of Wallpatta chips were found concealed in the baggage, customs media spokesman Leslie Gamini said.   

Following the Customs inquiry, the suspect was imposed a penalty of Rs 150,000 and the goods forfeited, he said.

 

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