Sandalwood trader nabbed

Attempt to smuggle out the “sandalwood” pieces concealed inside four (04) traveling bags of beetle leaves by a Pakistani national was detained by the officers of the Biodiversity, Cultural and National Heritage Protection Division (BCNP) at departure terminal of the Bandaranaka International Airport, Katunayake. Total weighing of the Sandalwood amounted to 128.9 kg and was valued to be LKR 193,950.00. At the customs inquiry conducted, goods were forfeited and a penalty of LKR 100,00.00 was imposed on the offender since the said attempt is a violation of Fauna & Flora Protection Ordinance and Forest Ordinance.

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