Tuesday, November 23, 2021

How passenger on Dubai-India flight concealed gold in fruit juicer

A man travelling from Dubai to India has been arrested on charges of smuggling gold, which he concealed in a juice extractor to avoid paying import tax.

The passenger hid 6.7 kilograms of gold inside the machine's handle and carried it in his hand luggage on an Air India flight on November 13.

Customs officials at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in the Indian city of Hyderabad received a tip-off and intercepted the man.

He was arrested shortly after landing at 6.15am and gold worth about $45,000 was recovered.

A video posted on social media by the local customs office showed an angle grinder slicing through the machine’s metal handle to reveal a thick tube of solid gold.

A week later, authorities at the same Indian airport seized three gold bars weighing 3.5kg, worth about $22,000.

A woman travelling from Dubai on a flight operated by IndiGo, an Indian budget carrier, carried the gold in her hand luggage without declaring it to customs in Hyderabad.

23/11/21 Nick Webster/National

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