Tuesday, October 17, 2017

3kg gold ornaments seized from SL nationals

Coimbatore: Sleuths of the directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) local unit, along with customs officials, seized 3.272 kilograms of gold ornaments worth Rs 95 lakh from 18 women passengers at the Coimbatore airport on Sunday.
DRI sleuths, who had received a tip-off, had intercepted the group of Sri Lankan nationals at the airport. "They had arrived from Colombo in a SriLankan Airlines flight. The sleuths found gold in the form of crude unfinished jewellery and mercury coated jewellery, which were concealed in handbags of 18 passengers. The passengers confessed that they smuggled the gold into India to sell it at a good price. They also used to get a commission of Rs 60 to Rs 100 per gram for carrying gold," a senior officer said.
The smugglers used to sell the gold ornaments to purchasers in Chennai. "Most of the seized ornaments were 24 carrots. Some of the smugglers had worn anklets covered with mercury. We found them and seized them also," the officer added.
17/10/17 Times of India
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