Feb 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs nabbed a man who tried to smuggle gold in an innovative way through the Bandaranaike International Airport on Sunday.
The Customs officials at the departure terminal, who got suspicious of the man bound for Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) in India on A SriLankan Airlines flight, searched his luggage and discovered the gold.
The search revealed two thin gold sheets concealed in a false bottom of a travelling bag. The gold is estimated to be worth Rs.2.5 million.
The Custom officials said this is the first time they found gold smuggled in sheet form and it is an innovative way to smuggle the gold since the X-ray scanning cannot detect these easily as it would appear a metal sheet protecting the bottom of the luggage.