STF nets contraband fags worth Rs 3.5 mn

By Prabhath Withana

The STF has arrested a suspect with 54,000 sticks of several brands of foreign cigarettes smuggled into the country during a raid on a shop at Kawdana in Dehiwala.

The storehouse in Kawdana was traced after two weeks of surveillance in Negombo, Chilaw and Dehiwala areas by STF intelligence operatives.

The stock of contraband cigarettes was worth over Rs 3,510,000, police said.

The Kawadana shop had been used as the centre to distribute illicit cigarettes in Kadawatha, Mawaramandiya and Wellampitiya areas, the police said.

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