The Customs have seized an illegal stock of cigarettes brought from Dubai.
These were detected during during a search carried out at the Orugodawatte Terminal on the instructions of Customs Director General Jagath Wijeweera. The stock has been brought to the island in four containers under the guise of importing sanitaryware. The Customs said that this has deprived the Government of a tax revenue amounting to more than 25 million rupees. Two persons who had been involved in this racket have been apprehended.