Saturday, April 28, 2018

New mode of gold smuggling busted at RGIA Hyderabad

Hyderabad: A new modus operandi of smuggling gold from Dubai to Hyderabad, using emergency lanterns, was detected by Customs officials at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad here on Thursday night. Gold plates weighing 445 grams and worth over Rs.14.34 lakh were seized.
Based on profiling of passengers, Customs officials of the Air Intelligence Unit seized the gold plates, all of 24 carat and of foreign origin, from a passenger who arrived at the airport from Dubai by an Indigo airlines flight.

The passenger concealed the gold plates inside the battery of an emergency lantern. The concealment was worked out in such a way that the lantern was working and showing low and high beams when it was switched on. When the battery was dismantled, eight gold plates covered with black powder and wrapped in cotton material were found.

The gold smugglers had sent the emergency lantern through an innocent passenger and directed him to hand it over to a representative of the sender at the RGIA. The details of the sender and receiver were not known to the passenger.
27/04/18 Telangana Today