Thursday, July 26, 2018

DRI busts foreign currency smuggling racket, dollars worth Rs 2.75 crore seized; eight arrested

Mumbai: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has busted a foreign currency smuggling racket involving millions of dollars and an organized syndicate. In an overnight operation that spanned the length and breadth of T2, the International Terminal of Mumbai Airport, a crack team of sleuths from DRI, acting on a tip-off received from abroad, intercepted 4 passengers headed to Dubai and Bangkok in two separate flights. The passengers were detained just as they were about to board their respective flights.
Upon searching their hand-baggage, a total of $410,000 (worth about Rs. 2.75 crore) was found to be concealed in 4 laptop bags. The cartel had devised a unique way of smuggling out foreign currency. A few members of the cartel would be booked for domestic travel through Air India and rest involved in the smuggling would be booked for international travel, all within a few hours of differnce from each other.
The foreign currency to be smuggled would be carried by the domestic passengers, who would hand over the same in carefully sealed laptop bags to their counterparts travelling abroad at the food court of T2, Mumbai airport. The international passengers by then complete their check-in formalities and pass cleanly through baggage screening. With about half an hour to one hour before boarding, the international passengers would exchange bags with the domestic passengers and proceed to the boarding gates.
26/07/18  Khushboo Narayan/Indian Express
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