Friday, November 04, 2016

5kg gold bars taped to flight seat, flyer held

Busting a novel method of gold smuggling, sleuths from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) found gold bars weighing 5.248kg taped to the underside of a seat cushion in the economy section of an international airliner.

Acting on a tipoff, a team of the Bengaluru Zonal Unit intercepted a passenger who disembarked from a flight which landed from Abu Dhabi around 3.25am Thursday . Officials found 45 bars of gold, each weighing 116 gm, estimated to be worth over Rs 1.65 crore.

"We had specific information about a middle-aged man bringing in a large number of gold bars from Abu Dhabi and that he would hide the bars in the aircraft," added an investigating officer whose team apprehended the suspect, a 50-year-old from Kodagu district.
04/11/16 Petlee Peter/The Times Of India