Friday, September 11, 2015

5kg gold left in jet toilet at Chennai airport

Chennai: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials on Thursday morning found 5kg of gold, worth around '1.25 crore, in the rear toilet of an Air India Express aircraft that arrived at Chennai airport from Kuala Lumpur. It was bound for Trichy and had stopped over in the city .

Sources said the DRI officials acted on a tip that ground-handling staff at the airport were colluding with smugglers and would try to take the gold off the aircraft and pass it on to an accomplice waiting at the airport.

The officials waited for all passengers to disembark, checked the toilet and found the gold in a black plastic bag.

DRI sources said many gold smuggling gangs used passengers on international flights to hide smuggled gold in an aircraft that passengers on domestic flights would pick up and transfer to a third member of the chain.
11/09/15 Times of India
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