The Katunayake Customs have apprehended a suspect with a haul of foreign cigarettes. The value of the cigarettes is said to be around 1.8 million rupees.
A passenger who had come in the UL 208 flight to the island from Abu Dhabi had attempted to smuggle in the cigarettes. The cigarettes in 189 cartons had been concealed in his baggage.
It is reported that there were around 37,800 cigarettes in these cartons. The suspect, a 21-year-old youth is a resident of Kandy.
Further inquiries are being carried out on the instructions of Customs Director Rohitha Uduwawala.