An Indian national was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) with 20 KG of gold.
The gold was valued at over Rs 130 million and was hidden in his clothed, the Finance Ministry said.
The arrest follows a discussion held by the Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera with the DIG of the CID and Customs DG to map out ways and means to detect contraband being brought to the country resulting in loss of revenue to the State.
As a result of this discussion, from last week CID and Customs officials have been deployed in mufti at all entry ports to detect contraband goods.
The detection of Gold after the particular passenger came out of the Customs clearance of the BIA, Colombo is the result of making such arrangements, the Finance Ministry said.(Colombo Gazette)