Sri Lanka’s Customs has arrested four Sri Lankan nationals on 4th August 2017 at the Bandaranaike International Airport last evening while attempting to smuggle 116 kg of Wallapatta.
The four suspects, residents of the Weeragoda area, were arrested by the officials of the Customs Narcotics Bureau on information they received.
The suspects were attempting to smuggle the Wallapatta from Mumbai to Dubai. The find is estimated to be around Rs. 12 million. This is now the largest seizure of Wallapatta by customs.
Smuggling WallaPatta (Gyrinops Walla), a plant native to Sri Lanka, has become more frequent recently due to its use to obtain agarwood and agarwood resin, a highly valuable resin used in perfumes.