Saturday, June 16, 2018

Three Chinese Nationals Were Arrested While Attempting To Smuggle A Valuable Stocks Of Sea Lions And Kothala Himbutu Cups To China

Airport Customs officers have arrested three Chinese Nationals with stocks of an expensive 265 dried Sea lions and 08 Kothala Himbutu cups in possession at the Katunayake, Bandaranaike International Airport last evening(16).


The stock of 6-11 Centi meter long Dried Sea lions concealed inside a three Tea Tins in the luggages of the suspects  along with the stock of Kothala Himbutu cups it has been revealed.They bought these from Negambo area for higher prices it has been revealed.The estimsted value of the Kothala Himbutu cups is around Rs.160,000 according to reports.

The suspects who are of the ages 35,37 and 40 years were arrested while attempting to board  a Sri Lankan Airlines flight according to Customs officers.

As taking Sea Lions and Kothala Himbutu Cups to another country is illegal under the wildlife and fauna/flora act in Sri Lanka ,Customs have confiscated the stocks and released the three Chinese Suspects after a severely warning .

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