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Sri Lankan man arrested trying to smuggle gold to India

Sri Lankan man arrested trying to smuggle gold to India”

He was arrested at Bandaranaike International Airport.

A man has been arrested in Sri Lanka for allegedly attempting to smuggle 1kg of gold in his rectum.

The 45-year-old was detained by customs officials at Colombo airport on Sunday after he was seen seemingly struggling to walk properly while "appearing to be in pain".

When customs officers began searching him they discovered he was hiding 904 grams of gold wrapped in black plastic sheets.

"This is not the first such detection and this is a common method of smuggling".

Smuggling is usually carried out as part of money-laundering schemes or to transfer proceeds from drug sales, Jayaratne said.

Smugglers in the region are known to buy gold cheaply in areas like Dubai and Singapore before smuggling it to India to sell at a profit.

A customs officer told BBC Sinhala they spotted the man because "he was walking suspiciously".

The hidden luggage was "carefully packed in polythene bags and neatly inserted", according to a customs officer in Colombo.

Last week a Sri Lankan female, also travelling to India, was caught by customs while trying to smuggle 314.5 grams of gold pieces concealed in her rectum.



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