Jan 13, Colombo: A Chinese passenger has been arrested by the Sri Lanka Customs Officers at the departure terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake today for attempting to smuggle 200 live scorpions to China.
Customs Media Spokesman, Additional Customs Director General Sunil Jayaratne said that during questioning it has been revealed that the 30-year-old Chinese national is engaged in taking animals from various countries to China to breed and sell and he had toured various places in Sri Lanka and found the scorpions from information obtained from three-wheeler drivers.
The Chinese national had arrived at the Katunayake airport departure terminal to depart on SriLankan Airlines flight UL-880 to Guangzhou, China.
The airport security officers have identified the scorpions in the cages of his luggage and handed them over to the Customs for investigation.
Under Sri Lanka's Wildlife and Flora Ordinance it is illegal to take the live scorpions out of the country.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Additional Director General of Customs DG Senanayake, Deputy Director of Customs, Seevali Arukkgoda, Superintendent of Customs PV Dharmapriyantha, Assistant Customs Superintendents JCM Senarath, PNA Dayananda and E. MD Niroshan, Harsha Rodrigo, KMBN Wijepala and BP Abeythilaka are conducting further investigations.