Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Customs thwart attempt to smuggle gold, cigarettes, arrest one

Mangaluru: Air intelligence unit (AIU) and preventive wing of Customs Commissionerate, Mangaluru on Tuesday thwarted attempts by an air and train passenger respectively to smuggle gold into the country and clandestinely transport duty evaded foreign cigarettes for domestic sale.
AIU personnel at Mangaluru International airport arrested a person for smuggling gold and detained the train passenger with contraband cigarette pending investigation.
Giving details of these detections, Joannes George, joint commissioner, Customs told reporters that AIU personnel based on passenger profiling stopped a passenger who had arrived from Dubai on board Air India flight IX814 at around 4.40am and checked him. The passenger had concealed 766 grams of gold in crude form on his body. The department assayer was able to separate and recover 633 grams of 24K gold valued at Rs 25 lakh from his possession.
Raghavendra, deputy commissioner, who headed the operation said the accused, who was arrested and produced before the JMFC First Class fifth court was returning to India after a gap of one year. Based on a plea by special public prosecutor, the court remanded the accused to judicial custody up to February 25, which is one the longest that a person caught in possession of contraband gold has been remanded to in recent past, Raghavendra said.
11/02/20 Jaideep Shenoy/Times of India
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