Excise Officials have conducted another major raid further strengthening the President’s “Mathata Titha” programme. They have seized a haul of cigarettes worth millions of rupees.
Based on a public tip off, officials of the Excise Department conducted a sudden raid in the Seeduwa area in Katunayake. The officials managed to effectively apprehend the stock of illegally imported cigarettes worth about 35 Million Rupees. The stock of cigarettes was being transported by two Lorries when it was seized. The Excise Department said, information has been uncovered that the shipment of cigarettes was brought to the country from Dubai. The two lorries and a vehicle which provided security to the lorries were seized. Five suspects were arrested by the Excise officials. A customs official who is reported to have supported the operation has also been apprehended. The Excise Department said the arrests were made after a long period of investigations and it is continuing investigations.