Customs authorities in Colombo believe the mastermind is paying the fines when smugglers are arrested.
One of the biggest hauls was seized from a Chinese woman who tried to conceal Chinese cigarettes worth some US$197,433. Also four Chinese workers at a runway resurfacing project at the international airport were nabbed with illegal cigarettes worth US$394,867. Four other Chinese smugglers were among those detected.
(The Standard, Agencies - adaderana.lk)