HYDERABAD: Customs officers of the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) apprehended three people, including two women, as they attempted to smuggle 1,236 kg of gold at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad on Friday.
1.2kg gold seized at airport, 3 arrested in Hyderabad
In the first case, AIU detectives intercepted a 35-year-old woman when she arrived from the United States via Abu Dhabi on an Etihad flight (EY 274) carrying eight kadas of gold weighing 342 g. The value of gold was Rs9.98 lakh. She wore kadas and hid the rest in her purse.
In another case, AIU detectives intercepted a couple who arrived from Dubai via Abu Dhabi on a Jet Airways flight (9W 549). While the husband was carrying two gold chains weighing 387 gm, the woman wore four kadas weighing 507 g. The total value of the gold seized by the couple was Rs26.1 lakh. According to the IAU’s findings, the gold carried by the three accused was 24-carat purity and was bought from unknown persons operating in Abu Dhabi.
“The defendants have been trafficked for personal use. They do not work for an international group,” said a customs official. According to Customs officials, the amount of yellow metal smuggled in for personal use is much less than what organized gangs send through carriers.
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This year, IAU detectives intercepted about 12 defendants attempting to pass custom-made gold smuggling in the form of buttons and sheets that would fit elements such as gas regulators and fire walls. Corrugated boxes. Officials also seized gold hidden behind LED printed circuit boards.