Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Man Tries To Smuggle 40-Grams Gold Inside His N95 Face Mask, Arrested at Kozhikode Airport

 Every now and then, we hear stories of how drug traffickers and gold smugglers around the world adopt bizarre ways to smuggle illegal things from one place to another. And now in the Covid-19 era, a man thought that a mask would be a wonderful place to hide the yellow metal! 

Taking advantage of the new air travel guidelines due to COVID-19, a man concealed about 40 grams valued at Rs 2 lakh, behind the exhalation valve of his (KN-95) face mask, Times of India reported.

Notably, the man named Ammar, a native of Karnataka had arrived in a flight from Dubai on Tuesday evening. However, his plan wasn’t successful as customs officials at Calicut International Airport foiled his smuggling attempt and subsequently arrested him.

“It is the first time we are seeing such concealment tactics and it shows that smugglers try to exploit every possibility, even the one provided by the Covid-19 crisis,” a Customs official at the airport told TOI.


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