Friday, February 05, 2016

Contraband smuggling cases detected at Mangaluru airport

Mangaluru: The customs officers have busted several cases of smuggling of contraband and seized 1.16 kg of gold, foreign currency equivalent to Rs 3.47 lakh and 129 cartons of foreign cigarettes at Mangalore International Airport in January.

In the first case, detected by the officers of the Air Intelligence Unit which was formed last month, 10 tola of five gold bars, weighing 583.250 gram and valued over Rs 15.45 lakh, were recovered.

The bars were ingeniously concealed in the central core portion of the steel-type hot and cold water tap mixers brought in a carton box by a passenger, who arrived from Dubai. In another seize, the airport customs officers seized 581 gram of gold valued over Rs 15.33 lakh concealed in the form of washers fixed to the lining of two stroller bags carried by a passenger, also arrived from Dubai.

In another detection, foreign currency amounting to 18,500 UAE Dirhams, equivalent to Rs 3,46,875 lakh, were seized from the possession of a passenger departing to Dubai, as the same was attempted to be smuggled out of India without valid documents.
05/02/16 SahilOnline

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