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Fags inside gas cookers detected in port

A consignment of 1,600,000 illegally imported sticks of foreign cigarettes valued at Rs. 80,000,000 was apprehended by the Sri Lanka Customs' Port Control Unit.The cigarettes have been imported from China under a false declaration.The goods have been declared as 1,020 gas cookers, but the consignee has imported only 160 cookers.

The total tax for the illegally imported cigarettes is valued at Rs. 76 million. A clearing agent has been arrested in this regard. Investigations are underway to arrest the importer who is absconding.