Friday, September 22, 2017

Man held for smuggling gold through Madurai airport

Madurai: Sleuths of the directorate of revenue intelligence, seized 1380g of gold valued at Rs 38.62 lakh being smuggled by a passenger at the Madurai International Airport on Wednesday, based on specific intelligence.
They busted a novel modus operandi, where the gold was concealed in pens, baby sandals/shoes, key rings, toy cars, watches and paper clips in the check-in baggage of a passenger. The accused was identified as Ahamed Ismail, 37 of Chennai, who landed by a SpiceJet flight, SG 24 on Septemeber 20, at the Madurai airport from Dubai. During questioning, the man said that the items were purchased in Dubai.
Scanning of the articles revealed that they had suspected material concealed in them and a detailed examination was done and they were subjected to assay. The assay showed that 182 metal pieces were made of gold 24 carat purity weighing 1380g valued at Rs 38,62,584 after removing the nickel coating.
22/09/17 Times of India