Spice Jet Staff help Smuggle 22 Gold Biscuits at MIA
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) have seized 22 gold biscuits from Spice Jet aircraft, weighing 2566.050 grams and valued at Rs 75,26,225. Two employees of Spice Jet Airlines working at Mangaluru International Airport are considered to be part of the conspiracy.
Mangaluru: As per the sources from Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), sleuths of the DRI department have seized 22 gold biscuits weighing 2566.050 grams, valued at Rs 75,26,225 on board a Spice Jet aircraft. The seizure has revealed complicity between airline staff and smugglers. Acting on a tip-off that attempt was being made to smuggle gold bars of foreign origin by concealing them under the seat of Spice Jet aircraft, DRI sleuths were able to retrieve the 22 gold biscuits when the aircraft arrived at MIA.
According to Vinayak Bhat, Deputy Director, DRI in a press release stated that after a thorough examination of the aircraft, DRI officials were able to find the smuggled gold on the aircraft. In this regard, two employees of Spice Jet airline working at MIA who were part of the conspiracy in this connection have been arrested. It is learnt that the duo were helping the smugglers in retrieving the gold biscuits from the aircraft on its landing here.
It is revealed that the gold biscuits sourced from Dubai were concealed in the said Spice Jet aircraft during its international flight from Dubai to Mumbai by a carrier hired for the job. Once, the aircraft was deployed in the domestic sector, it operated between Mumbai and MIA. It was here that those arrested were found passing on advance information to smugglers regarding aircraft itinerary.
The accused were found indulging in retrieving the concealed gold biscuits from the aircraft and delivering them outside, later on, thus, misusing their position to smuggle gold out from the airport by avoiding customs check all along. On interrogation, both the accused admitted their guilt and also said that they were indulged in this operation since they were getting paid big bucks by the smugglers. It is also learnt that these two accused have done the same thing six times in the past.
Further Investigation in the matter is in progress.