Indian smuggler nabbed at BIA

by Madura Ranwala

Customs officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport on Sunday evening thwarted an attempt by an Indian national to smuggle out foreign currency to the value of Rs. 3.4 million.

A high ranking Customs officer, attached to the Customs preventive unit, told The Island that the smuggler, a 50-year-old web designer, had attempted to board a SriLankan Airline flight at 6.45 p.m. when he was searched on suspicion by the duty officer, Assistant Superintendant J. K. L. S. Perera.

The money, US $ 25,750 and Singapore $ 1010 had been concealed inside his traveling bag. The smuggler had been to Sri Lanka on three earlier occasions, he said.

The money was confiscated but the reason to smuggle out money was not disclosed though The Island repeatedly asked how he earned money while staying in Sri Lanka for a short time.

However, The Island reliably learns that the smuggler had disclosed to customs investigators, he was a gambler and won the money at a casino.

The smuggler was later released after paying a fine of Rs. 100,000.

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