Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chennai airport customs officials expose yet another modus operandi of smugglers

Chennai: Customs officials at Chennai airport have exposed yet another modus operandi of smugglers where an international traveller who brings in the goods passes them on to accomplices who join them in the domestic leg of the journey.
On Friday morning, officials of the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) intercepted two women, who were carrying concealed gold worth Rs 18 lakh and brand new gadgets like four Apple iPhone 8s, one iPad Pro and three Samsung Galaxy 8s worth Rs 4.3 lakh in their baggage.
The women have been identified as Noorjahan (39) and her daughter, Alfiya (23), who arrived here from Thiruvananthapuram on Air India flight AI 968. This flight had an international leg from Sharjah to Thiruvananthapuram.
Upon interrogation by officials, the duo confessed that the goods had been given to them by Ahamad Thahir (33) who had come from Sharjah. The ladies joined him during the domestic leg of the flight, and the goods were to be brought by them as they could evade customs duty at the Chennai airport. The transfer was made inside the flight.
13/10/17 Sidharth Prabhakar/Times of India