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Sri Lanka Customs officials had arrested a Sri Lankan family of six at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake for attempting to smuggle alcohol. 

Customs Spokesman Sunil Jayaratne said the passengers include a man, his wife, their son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren while they were detained upon arriving in the country from Chennai by UL128 at 6.00 p.m. on Wednesday.

He said cosmetic products and perfumes brought without approval from the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) were identified. Additionally, 25 cartoons of tobacco snuffs and 30 bottles of whisky were also included. The total value was around Rs. 1 million.

Whisky and tobacco products were forfeited and the rest were detained for pending approval of the NMRA. The suspects were released without any penalty.

Investigations were carried out by the BIA staff under the direction of Additional Director General of Customs Saman Ranawana and the supervision of Deputy Director of Customs S. P. I. Balasooriya. 

 

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