Sunday, April 03, 2016

Japanese flyer held with 5kg gold bars in fake belly

Mumbai: The Directorate Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested a Japan national at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Thursday for trying to smuggle in 5kg gold bars worth around Rs 1.25 crore in a prosthetic belly. The passenger, Sagawa Haruhide (28), arrived from Singapore in an Air India flight with the gold bars concealed behind a silicone stomach and silicone material affixed to his groin area.
Acting on a tip-off, the DRI officials laid a trap and identified Haruhide, who is into the foreign exchange business, outside the customs area in the arrival hall of Terminal 2. "He attempted to smuggle the foreign marked gold bars bought from a person in Japan. He did not have any invoice or bill for the said purchase," said an official.

An official said that this is the first time they have caught a Japanese for smuggling gold here. "And, this is the first time someone concealed it behind a prosthetic fake belly," he added.
02/03/16 C. Unnikrishnan/Times of India

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