Thursday, October 26, 2017

A band of brothers for gold trafficking

Three brothers joined arms to conduct a gold smuggling business that spanned across Dhaka, Dubai, Masqat, Kuala Lumpur, Jeddah and cities in India. Their empire was built on the complicity of airport staff, cabin crew and even the cleaners.

Using encrypted messaging technology and far-sightedness and keeping their heads down, the trio conducted their business under the noses of law enforcers for years, while growing in size.

The information came to light when Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrested three members of a syndicate on Tuesday night.

The trio, arrested from the capital's Airport area, is Faruk Ahmed, 38, Meer Hossain, 28, and Md Shahin, 21. A team of DB officials found 80 gold bars weighing 9.33 kg in their possession. The DB officials also seized a car (Dhaka Metro Ga-22-1449) from them.

The estimated price of the gold seized is approximately Tk 4 crore, said Shaikh Nazmul Alam, deputy commissioner (north) of DB police.
27/10/17 Daily Star
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