Friday, August 21, 2020

Chennai airport customs sleuths seize UK currency worth 39 lakh, one held

Chennai: Chennai airport customs officials have seized a huge consignment of foreign currency (Great Britain Pounds-) which was being smuggled out from India through courier, an official release on Thursday said.

Customs said a shipment bound for Singapore was detained at the international courier terminal.

The parcel, a carton box, which was declared to contain tumblers, steel plates, apparel and spices, was taken up for detailed examination. On opening the carton, it was found to contain 25 quarter steel plates along with other declared items. But the plates were unusually heavy and made of high gauge steel. On close examination, it was noticed that the steel plates were made by moulding two separate plates together.

When the moulded plates were cut open, officials found that pound sterling notes were ingeniously concealed inside. A total of 40,000 in denomination of 50 and equivalent to 38.6 lakh were recovered and seized under the Customs Act, 1962.

The consignment was booked by a Chennai based person who has been arrested.
21/08/20 Times of India
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