British man arrested with Wallapatta in Fort

British man arrested with Wallapatta in Fort

October 24, 2017   03:27 pm

A British national has been arrested by police for the possession of more than 3.3 kilograms of Wallapatta (Grynops Walla).

Police said that the 35-year-old suspect, who was staying at a hotel in Colombo Fort, was arrested this morning (24).  

He was arrested following a search operation carried out based on information received by Fort Police. 

The suspect is to be produced at the Fort Magistrate’s Court today while Fort Police are conducting further investigations. 

Transportation or possession of the endemic plant, which only grows in certain parts of the island, is prohibited. 

The commercial value of this tree came to light with the attempts to illegally fell and smuggle it to extract Agarwood.

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