Four Chinese nationals have been arrested at the Katunayake International Airport by the airport customs officers while trying to smuggle cigarettes worth 3.2 million rupees into the country. Customs Media Spokesman Dharmasena Kahandawa said that the suspects were arrested at the customs Green Channel while trying to escape customs officials.
The Customs Media Spokesman said that the four suspects, two men and two women arrived in the country at 5.40 a. m from Kunming, China. During the investigations, officers found 410 cigarette cartons made in China packed in to their luggage.
There is a trend developing in the country for Chinese cigarettes. Several Chinese brands were seized earlier on numerous occasions confirming that there is such a trend in the Sri Lankan market.