Friday, September 25, 2020

Gold smuggling from Dubai under customs scanner, five persons held in past few days

In the past few days, Airport Customs has made three cases of wet gold dust and have arrested five passengers including a woman with total wet gold of Rs 1 crore. In one case the woman had concealed it in her blouse cavity, while in other cases consignments were seized in their body cavity.

In all three cases, the passengers had arrived from Dubai. The gold dust is difficult to trace in hand-held detectors and scanners and hence smugglers are trying to sneak in the precious metal in dust form. After the recent cases of smuggling at the airport, the customs officials have observed a trend that while gold was being smuggled from Dubai, foreign cases were being attempted to be smuggled to Dubai.

On Thursday, the customs officials seized, wet gold dust weighing over 633 grams, valued at Rs 29.80 lakh. "The gold dust was cleverly concealed in white coloured plastic tape concealed in a special cavity made at the lower side of a blouse worn by the intercepted lady after she had arrived from Dubai," said a Customs official.

The customs officials on Tuesday, had seized 1127 grams of wet gold dust, worth Rs 44.29 lakh, concealed inside the body cavity of three intercepted Indian passengers who had arrived from Dubai. Last week, one Indian passenger who had arrived from Dubai was intercepted which resulted in recovery of wet gold dust, which was concealed in body cavity, weighing 676 grams and valued at Rs.27.06 lakh.

"On Tuesday, we intercepted one Indian passenger who was departing to Dubai and had recovered from his possession 27450 USD which is equivalent to Indian Rs 20.01 lakh. Similarly, on Sunday, we had intercepted an Indian passenger at the airport's departure who attempted to travel to Dubai and was found in possession of undeclared 30,000 USD which is equivalent to Rs 21.87 lakh which were concealed in black pouches in a hand bag.

25/09/20 Somendranath Sharma/Mumbai Mirror

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