Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Chennai Customs seize gold worth Rs 12 lakh hidden in footwear straps

In two separate cases, Air Customs officials seized 239 grams of 24K purity gold worth Rs 12 lakhs and Saudi Riyals, US dollars worth Rs 6.5 lakhs. 

According to officials, on Monday, Dubai returnee Mohammed Hasan Ali, 23, of Ramanathapuram had arrived via Emirates Flight EK 544. He was intercepted by a Customs officer as he was rushing through the green channel when his slippers happened to come off. The officer who tried to help pick his slipper found it to be unusually heavy. 

On examination, gold paste was found concealed in the cavity between the extremely broad leather straps. Four gold paste packets- two from each slipper, weighing 292 grams were recovered. 239 grams of 24K purity gold valued at Rs. 12 lakhs was recovered and seized under the Customs Act.

At the departure terminal, Sahubar Sathik, 21, of Ramanathapuram who was destined for Dubai by Air India Express Flight IX 1643 was intercepted as he was proceeding to the security hold area after clearing Immigration. He was frisked on suspicion of carrying foreign currency. 7000 Saudi Riyals (SAR) in denomination of 500 were recovered from his wallet and 7000 US Dollars in denomination of 100 dollar bills were recovered from his hand baggage. 

01/12/20 Sidharth MP/WION/DNA

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