‘Abortion tablets’ in corn flakes

by Madura Ranwala

Two 37-year-old men, one an Indian and the other a Sri Lankan, were nabbed at the Bandaranaike International Airport. The Indian was nabbed by the Airport security yesterday morning while attempting to smuggle out to India six gold sticks, weighing 1,194 grammes and valued at Rs. 6 million, hidden in his travelling bag. The Sri Lankan was collared by the Police Narcotics Bureau on Tuesday evening and detained when he arrived from Chennai with 3,180 abortion tablets.

The two smugglers were frequent travelers, according to their passports.

Customs Media spokesman Leslie Gamini told The Island yesterday that the tablets used to induce abortions had been concealed in packets of corn flakes.

The Indian national had been fined Rs. 1 million and released, while the Sri Lankan, who was from Kalmunai had been fined Rs. 100,000 and released.

The contraband was confiscated.

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