It’s Raining Contraband Goods at MIA! Rs 52 Lakh Worth Items Seized
Mangaluru: As per the report sent by Dr M Subramaniyam- Commissioner of Customs, during the month of September 2016, the Customs officers at Mangaluru International Airport detected 18 cases of smuggling of contraband goods and recovered 1133.000 grams of gold, foreign currency equivalent to INR 12.74 lakhs and 236 cartons of foreign cigarettes having no statutory pictorial warning, totally valued over Rs.52 Lakhs.
In one major detection, on 27.09.2016, the officers recovered about 1.05 Kgs. of cylindrical type gold rod valued Rs.32.91 lakhs which was found concealed in a black coloured hand bag carried by a passenger, who arrived by Air India Flight No. IX 814 from Dubai. The passenger was also arrested and remanded to judicial custody. In another case three small gold biscuits and 25 gold coins valued about Rs.2.52 lakhs found concealed in the hand bag of a passenger were also seized
Besides, foreign currency equivalent to INR 12.74 lakhs was seized from the possession of three passengers departing to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Thorough profiling of passengers also enabled detection of thirteen cases of smuggling of foreign brand cigarettes having no statutory pictorial warnings and 236 cartons of foreign cigarettes valued about Rs.4.25 lakhs were confiscated.
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