Customs Bust Gold Smuggling Racket at Chennai Airport

Nearly 12 kilograms of gold worth Rs 7.58 crore was seized at Chennai airport, leading to the arrest of 10 air passengers. Acting on a tip-off from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Customs officials discovered gold biscuits and paste concealed in baggage and undergarments.

PTI | Chennai | Updated: 25-06-2024 18:06 IST | Created: 25-06-2024 18:06 IST
Customs Bust Gold Smuggling Racket at Chennai Airport
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In a significant breakthrough, nearly 12 kilograms of gold valued at Rs 7.58 crore was seized at the Chennai airport, officials revealed on Tuesday. The Customs department arrested 10 air passengers in connection with the incident.

According to a statement from the Principal Commissioner of Customs, R Srinivasa Naik, Customs officials acted on specific intelligence provided by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and intercepted passengers arriving from Dubai and Abu Dhabi on July 24. A preliminary examination found gold biscuits and gold paste hidden in the passengers' baggage and undergarments.

The arrested individuals are now facing charges under the relevant sections of the Customs Act, 1962. The incident underscores ongoing efforts to combat smuggling activities at key entry points in the country.

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