The Customs Deputy Director (Legal) and media spokesman Sudatta Silva stated yesterday (31) that Gold biscuits weighing 1.912 kg and worth Rs 43 million, were confiscated by the Sri Lanka Customs sub prevention office in Kankesanthurai on 28 May.
The gold biscuits were taken into custody following a tip-off where a team of sailors from the North Central Naval Headquarters in Thammenna Base in Thalaimannar swung into action and seized the contraband.
“The raid was conducted around 1.2 nautical miles from the shore to the second sand dune off Talaimannar and three suspects were apprehended,” Silva said.
The estimated value of the gold biscuits was Rs. 43,208,000. Further investigations by the Customs Department revealed that the gold was planned to be smuggled to India.
Customs said, the suspects who are residents of Puthukkudiyiruppu and Pesalai were fined Rs 750,000 under sections 12, 44 and 107 of the Customs Ordinance.
The investigation was conducted by officers attached to the Kankesanthurai Customs Sub-Bureau coming under the ambit of the Northern Provincial Superintendent of Customs.
By Nabiya Vaffoor