In a big haul, DRI Hyderabad officials seize smuggled gold worth Rs 1.66 Cr

Hyderabad: In one of the biggest haul reported this far in 2020, sleuths of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI)- Hyderabad, on a single day, seized smuggled gold weighting 4083.46 gms of value Rs 1.66 crore.

The first case is of smuggled gold concealed beneath the seat. Acting upon intelligence inputs, the officials on January 23rd 2020, rummaged an Air India flight from Dubai at Shamshabad International Airport port and seized 840.98 gms of gold concealed underneath the seat.

On searches carried out, officials found gold bars wrapped and hidden inside a hollow tube beneath the seat.

In another case, the officials intercepted a passenger at the customs arrival hall at Shamshabad airport. The man travelling from Muscat was found with two gold cylinders concealed inside the transformer of a microwave oven.

On the same day but in a different case, a passenger on interrogation admitted to carrying gold in the form of paste inserted in his rectum. ‘The gold paste was packed into four neatly oval-shaped capsules. A total of 929 gms of gold was recovered in the form of paste’ said the officials.

Later in the day, two passengers travelling via Saudi Arabia were caught at the customs hall, the duo confessed of carrying gold paste in the rectum. Close to 797.24 gms from one and 817.24 gm were recovered from the duo. The metal was concealed in an oval-shaped capsule.

On a single day, DRI authorities under the provisions of Customs Act 1962, arrested four for smuggling of gold in India. The Additional Director General – DRI- Hyderabad Zonal unit said. ‘A series of interceptions made on January 23rd, DRI officials unearthed different modus operandi. The total gold recovered in the entire operation is around 4083. 46 gms, the market rate of which is around Rs 1.66 Crore’

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