Cops bust cigarette smuggling racket

The police have busted a major cigarette smuggling racket and seized over 15,000 cartons of cigarettes.

A statement by the police headquarters said that the police special task force (STF) seized 2000 cartons of cigarettes which were smuggled into the country and arrested two people in Kotahena today.

The police said that a raid was carried out by the police following investigations provided by another two suspects who are in police custody.

The cigarettes worth Rs. 10,000,000 had been found in a van which was about to distribute them to various locations.

Each carton had 200 cigarettes, the police media unit said. A 42 year old suspect and a 53 year old suspect were arrested while the van was also seized.

The information regarding the consignment smuggled into the country to avoid paying taxes was revealed by two other suspects who had been arrested yesterday with 13,145 cartons of illegally imported cigarettes. (Colombo Gazette)