The officers from the Air Intelligence Unit ( AIU ), Coimbatore Customs, and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence ( DRI ) in Coimbatore intercepted a male passenger who had arrived from Mumbai on a domestic flight on February 7, 2024. The individual had previously flown into Mumbai from Jeddah, raising suspicions among authorities.
Upon closer inspection, the officers discovered a cunning attempt at smuggling gold, where 798 grams of the precious metal, valued at a staggering Rs. 51 lakh, were concealed within the batteries of rechargeable lamps and emergency lights.
The swift and coordinated actions of the enforcement agencies led to the seizure of the concealed gold and the subsequent arrest of the passenger involved in the smuggling attempt. Gold smuggling continued to pose a challenge, with smugglers employing increasingly sophisticated methods to evade detection.
As investigations into this case progress, authorities are expected to delve deeper into the smuggling network to uncover any potential accomplices or syndicates involved. Such efforts are essential in dismantling smuggling operations and disrupting the illicit flow of goods across national borders.
Recently, the Mumbai Airport Customs has seized 4.13 kilograms of gold valued at Rs. 2.28 Crore from four passengers across four separate cases.
In another case reported two days back, the Guwahati Customs officers have made a significant seizure of gold bars and coins from an individual aboard the Guwahati-Bangalore Express. The illicit haul, weighing a total of 1997.96 grams/ 19.9kg, was found in the possession of the individual without any valid documentation.
The cases of gold smuggling and its seizure are increasing day by day. This highlights the importance of constant vigilance and stringent border controls to prevent the illegal flow of goods across borders.