Sunday, July 18, 2021

Another gold carrier intercepted at Jaipur airport

Jaipur: The customs department seized around 350 gram of gold worth Rs 17 lakh at the Jaipur International Airport on Friday. This is the third seizure in 10 days.

The gold was intercepted from a passenger who landed from Dubai and officials claimed that in 90% of cases, these ‘carriers or mules’ have no idea as to exactly what they are smuggling and carry the precious metal for just few thousand rupees.

Officials also said that in majority of the cases, the carriers turn out to be persons who are in blue collared jobs abroad and mostly are natives of Nagaur or Shekhawati belt.

In the recent seizure on Friday evening, customs officers at Jaipur International Airport intercepted one passenger, who arrived from Dubai and after thorough examination of his baggage, 349.810 gram gold valued at Rs 17,40,305 was seized. The said gold was concealed in one coffee and spice grinder machine and three magnetic bracelets. “In 90% of the cases, while the carriers might have some inkling, they are not sure as to exactly what the package contains. They are persons who are sent abroad for jobs and after working for few months, they are unemployed so for a return ticket home and money, they get the package. In fact, they do not even know the identity of the person who is supposed to take the package from them after they get out of the airport though the receiver knows the carrier’s identity,” said a customs official.

18/07/21 Times of India

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