Friday, June 26, 2020

Gold seized from passenger at Kochi airport

Kochi: Customs sleuths at Cochin international airport limited (Cial) foiled yet another smuggling bid and seized 280 grams of gold from a lady passenger in the early hours of Thursday.
The contraband was in the form of gold paste and ornaments. It was seized during customs check at the airport. The passenger had travelled in a special flight from Bahrain which arrived at Cial on Thursday around 2am. The contraband is valued around Rs 10 lakh. The smuggled gold was concealed inside the passenger's inner wear.
Customs officials have launched an inquiry into the incident. Ever since the operations of special flights began, there have been two similar cases in which gold was recovered from returnees who arrived on special flights from gulf countries.
Sources said law enforcement agencies at the airport are constantly watching the activities of smugglers. “It seems like smuggling rackets are testing the waters by sending in small quantities of gold. We are staying alert to thwart any such bids,” said a source.
26/06/20 Times of India
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