Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Customs to further probe AI staff’s smuggling bid

Kochi: Customs air intelligence Unit at Cochin international airport (Cial) launched a further probe into the seizure of gold from a cabin crew of Air India on Sunday. Around 1.4kg gold was seized from senior AI cabin crew member Amod Samant during security check at the airport. The gold was found concealed in his bag as bangles covered with insulation tape and CISF personnel picked it up during an x-ray scan.

The gold and the accused were handed over to Customs. During interrogation, it was found that Samant arrived at Cial on Saturday as flight attendant on AI’s London-Kochi flight. He stayed at a hotel in Palarivattom and was scheduled to fly to Mumbai on Sunday when he was intercepted.

Though Samant told customs that the gold was handed over to him by someone in Kochi, the agency suspects it was smuggled from the UK. If so, somebody inside the airport helped him to get the gold out.

03/11/21 Times of India

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