Monday, November 27, 2017

Flyer stashes 2kg gold in shoes, held

 Customs officials at the city airport on Sunday morning arrested a flyer and seized 2kg of gold bars worth Rs 59 lakh that he had concealed in his shoes.
Investigators said a smuggling cartel had used K U Irshad, 33, who officials apprehended at the customs exit on his arrival in Chennai from Thiruvananthapuram on an Air India flight (AI 968), to carry the contraband on the domestic leg of a flight from Sharjah to the city via the Kerala capital.
"The gang used another man to transport the gold till Thiruvananthapuram, where Irshad picked it up," an investigating officer said. "Smugglers use this relay system because customs rarely put passengers on a domestic leg of a flight through rigorous scrutiny."
He said Irshad, a resident of Kozhikode, Kerala, did not have any check-in luggage.
When customs officers frisked Irshad, they found two packets wrapped in black adhesive tape in his shoes. They opened the packets and found two gold bars weighing 1kg each, one marked, 'Kaloti Dubai 1kg gold 995 A560539', and the other 'International Precious Metal Refiners 1 Kilo 995 gold A091125'.
"Irshad said a person he did not know gave him the gold on the aircraft," the officer said. "The man who carried it on the international leg of the flight identified Irshad by his seat number."
27/11/17 Times of India

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