Mangaluru: Smuggled gold concealed in taps and lining of stroller bags Seized at MIA

Mangaluru: The officers of the Customs at Mangalore International Airport detected several cases of smuggling of contraband and seized 1.16 Kg of gold, foreign currency equivalent to INR 3.47 lakh and 129 cartons of foreign cigarettes.

In the first case detected by the officers of the Air Intelligence Unit which was formed last month, five numbers of 10 tola gold bars, totally weighing 583.250 grams and valued over 15.45 lakh were recovered which were ingeniously concealed in the central core portion of the steel type hot and cold water tap mixers brought in a carton box by a passenger who arrived from Dubai. Further in another seizure, airport Customs officers seized 581.000 grams of gold valued over Rs. 15.33 lakh found concealed in the form of washers fixed to the lining of two stroller bags carried by a passenger, who arrived from Dubai.

In another detection, foreign currency amounting to 18500 UAE Dirhams equivalent to INR 3.46 lakh were seized from the possession of a passenger departing to Dubai, as the same was attempted to be smuggled out of India without valid documents. Besides, 129 Cartons of foreign cigarettes valued about Rs 2.04 Lakh were recovered and seized in five cases as they were devoid of statutory pictorial warning.

The officers have been profiling the passengers who are frequent travellers with short visits, to thwart their efforts to smuggle contraband. Considering the frequent detections being made, the smugglers are changing their modes of concealment and adopting novel modus operandi. However, the officers are thwarting such efforts by adopting the profiling techniques coupled with filed intelligence.

Further investigations are under progress.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here