60,000 smuggled cigarettes detected

Text and Pic by Pradeep Prasanna Samarakoon

The Kotahena police nabbed three persons including two businessmen while they were transporting 60,000 foreign cigarettes smuggled into the country.

The police found six cartons each carrying 10,000 cigarettes neatly packed inside the luxury double cab they were travelling in. The suspects aged 48, 43 and 37 were from Kandy, Pannipitiya and Mahaimbulgoda areas.

The suspects had told investigators that they were transporting the contraband to be sold to another person, OIC of Kotahena police Chief Inspector Hemantha Ovitigama told The Island.


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