Sept 18, Colombo: Bloemendal Police acting on information received have seized three 40-foot containers containing 33,000 kilograms of Turmeric and 3,000 kilograms of black lentil (Undu) illegally imported into the country and smuggled out of Customs.
The stocks of Turmeric and black lentil were found inside three container trucks parked near a warehouse complex in Bloemendhal area.
The illegal stocks were imported to Sri Lanka from Dubai three days ago by a businessman in the Mattakkuliya area. Investigations by the police have revealed that the consignment of tirmeric was illegally imported under the pretext of importing glass.
Bloemendhal police have arrested seven people, including a man named Mohamed Rizvi, in connection with the incident. Three container trucks and seven lorries have also been taken into custody.