Customs seize glyphosate, contraband

Customs Preventive officials with the detected contraband.

A metric tonne of glyphosate has been seized by the Customs Preventive officials along with other illegal items worth Rs.10.6 million on Wednesday.

The contraband included 350 kg of tobacco snuff, 225 kg of beedi sticks and 225 pairs of male slippers.

Two suspects have been detained and questioned and further investigations are being carried out by the authorities. The investigations are conducted under the directions of Additional Director General of Customs Lalitha Weerasinghe, Director of Customs Janaka Fernando and Deputy Director of Customs Wasantha Silva.

Glyphosate was banned in Sri Lanka on July 11, 2015 under an extraordinary gazette notification related to the Import and Export Act.

 

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