Customs detect 20 kg of sandalwood oil

By Madura Ranwala

 The Customs Bio-diversity, Cultural and National Heritage Protection Division thwarted an attempt of a BOI company to smuggle out 20 kilos of sandalwood oil worth Rs. 7.2 million to Australia in the early hours of yesterday at Air Cargo, Katunayake.

 It was the second time the company had breached the law and they would be severely dealt with, Customs spokesman Leslie Gamini told The Island. 

Gamini said that the BOI company in Horana had declared the consignment as cinnamon bark oil worth one million rupees to deceive them, but the customs officers on duty at the time opened it as they felt suspicious.

The Sandalwood oil had been concealed in an aluminum cylinder to be sent through a Thai Airways flight to Melbourne that was to take off at 1.45 a.m., he said.  

The lid of the cylinder had been scented with cinnamon oil to mislead the customs, he said.

The investigation is being carried out by the Assistant Superintendents L. D. J. Aravinda, Pasan Gamage and Samantha Pushpakumara, Deputy Superintendent S. R. Arawpola and Superintendents Thilak Arumapperuma Arachchi and M. Gunaratne under the supervision of Deputy Director Samantha Gunasekara.


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