• June 2, 2023

At Rajahmundry airport 1.2 kg of smuggled gold paste worth Rs 40 lakh seized from passenger

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Rajahmahendravaram: Sleuths of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Kakinada, seized 1.2 kg of gold from a passenger who landed at the Rajahmundry airport, while it was being smuggled.

Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Sunday said that they seized 1,269 grams of gold, valued at around Rs 40 lakh, from a passenger and found to be carrying the gold in a paste form and had concealed it in his inner wear at the Rajahmundry airport in Andhra Pradesh. The gold was said to be smuggled from Sri Lanka.

According to an official press release on Sunday, based on specific intelligence inputs, the DRI sleuths thoroughly frisked the passenger who arrived by SpiceJet Flight No SG-1267 from Hyderabad to Rajahmundry. During frisking, it was found that the passenger was carrying 1,900 grams of gold paste by concealing it in his innerwear.

The net weight of the gold in the paste is 1,269.85 grams. Enquiries revealed that the gold was purchased in Colombo and the passenger admitted that the yellow metal was smuggled into the country. The smuggled gold was seized under the Customs Act, 1962, the DRI sleuths said. Further investigation is on.

News Via newindianexpress


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