Booze, fags, food meant for Chinese workers seized
By Keerthi Mendis
Kollupitiya Police seized a consignment of imported food, liquor and cigarettes manufactured and exported from China. The Customs is alleged to have released the consignment without carrying out routine checks.
Police seized 656 bottles of wine, food and cigarettes in a raid.
The items were supposed to be for Chinese nationals residing in Sri Lanka for the festive season.
The consignment was imported and was to be sold to a supermarket in Kollupitiya. The raid was conducted by a team of Police Anti Vice Squad led by Chief Inspector Sumith Gunaratne. Initially the Police received information saying it was a consignment of cigarettes. On visiting the site, Police found to their surprise a consignment of liquor and a container load of food items.
Police said the investigations revealed that the container was filled with different brands of 656 bottles of wine and 250 millilitres liquor bottles. Investigations also revealed that a considerable number of Chinese nationals were residing in Kollupitiya and the consignments was meant for them. A bottle of wine is said to cost around Rs 2,000. Police apprehended the owner of the supermarket and seized the bottles of wine. Meanwhile, Kollupitiya Police seized cigarettes worth Rs 5 million a few months ago from the same place.
The Chinese national arrested along with the container was produced before the Fort Magistrate and released on bail. The case will be heard again on 29 April.
Meanwhile, an investigation has been initiated to find out about the consignment of wine and cigarettes seized earlier. Police questioned the Chinese national in connection with this incident as well.