A local passenger who had attempted to smuggle over Rs 9 million worth of wallapatta (Gyrinops Walla) was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today.
The customs department said that the 43 year old man was arrested at the departure lounge of the airport with 23.3 kg of wallapatta chips valued at Rs. 9.3 Million.
He had attempted to take the stock to the United Arab Emirates when he was arrested. Investigations are being carried out by the Deputy Director of Customs Mihira Piyaratnaand his team.