Sunday, November 26, 2017

800g of gold seized from passenger at city airport

Coimbatore: Customs officials seized 816 gram of gold from a passenger who arrived at the Coimbatore International Airport from Sharjah by Air Arabia flight on early Sunday morning. The total value of the seized gold is Rs 24.88 lakh. The gold was concealed inside the handles of five German-made kitchen knives.
A team of customs officials led by assistant commissioner Roy Joseph intercepted Abtab, 37, a native of Kannur in Kerala, at the Coimbatore International Airport around 4.30am on Sunday. Abtab arrived at the airport from Sharjah by Air Arabia flight. While checking his baggage, officials found 816 gram of gold in the size of match sticks (119 in numbers).
He had concealed the gold in the handles of five kitchen knives of various sizes. The concealment was suspected during routine scanning of checked-in baggage of the passengers at the conveyor belt. The bag was again scanned in the arrival hall scanner at the airport. The officials checked the weight of the knives. The bases of the knives were cut open with hacksaw blades that revealed the concealment of the contraband. The officials added that it was 24 carat gold and per gram value is Rs 3,050.
22/11/17 Times of India