A man was arrested at the Bandaranaike Galanigama Expressway for transporting a stock of counterfeit beedis worth nearly XNUMX rupees along the Southern Expressway, Bandaragama Police said.
Police have also seized 36000 bidis along with the suspect and the car used for transporting him.
The raid was carried out based on information received that a stock of counterfeit beedi manufactured under the name and logo of a well known beedi manufacturer in the Pitipana area in Homagama was being transported to the area via the expressway, a police officer said.
The car was coming from the Akuressa area when it came out of the Galanigama Expressway entrance.
During interrogation of the arrested suspect, it was learned that these items were being transported to Panadura.
Police say that the fake beedi does not look any different at first glance.
The arrested suspect is to be produced before the Panadura Magistrate's Court under intellectual property charges.