Chennai: Air Customs arrest Dubai returnee with 2 kgs gold, booked in smuggling case
Chennai: Air Customs arrest Dubai returnee with 2 kgs gold, booked in smuggling case

Air Customs arrest a passenger suspected to carry smuggled gold. The police officials also caught the receiver on Sunday for smuggling 2.07 kg Gold paste in bandage on the person.

Air Customs officials at the city airport after alerted by intelligence regarding gold smuggling from Dubai kept a close watch on returnees. A passenger arriving from Dubai via Emirates flight EK-544 had a different body language, the passenger was noticed to be nervous and gave evasive replies, when questioned. Frisking revealed that he had tied two crepe bandages to his shins. The gauze bandage was found wrapped and stuck by duct tape from which one paper packet was recovered from each leg. The packets weighed 2.07 kg and were found to contain gold paste. On extraction of the paste,1.8 kg gold of 24K purity, valued at Rs. 89.17 lakhs was recovered and seized under Customs Act.

The passenger identified as Mohammed Ashraf, 21, of Chennai. In the investigation it came to known that the passenger is said to have been informed that he was supposed to hand over the gold packets to an unknown person outside the airport. He was taken outside the airport to nab the receiver. The receiver was identified as Mohamed Ibrahim, 39, of Chennai and he admitted to his involvement. Both carrier and receiver have been arrested.

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