Mumbai: Customs department at uran has seized a consignment in which gold bars concealed in packets of dates were being smuggled into the city from Iraq. The gold bars weighing 19 kg are valued at Rs 4.50 crore.
According to the sources, in the customs department, the case of smuggling 1st came to the notice of container scanning division (csd), which scans the containers and interprets the images inside the containers as ‘clean’ or ‘suspicious’.
The containers, which are thought to be suspicious, are marked for ‘100 % examination’ by the dog staff.
CSD, which is based at Jawaharlal Nehru custom house at uran, had recently taken up a container of Iraqi dates, coming from a port in that country, for scanning.
“On analyzing the image, it was found that some metal of high density was concealed inside the container. The container was then marked to the dog staff for examination. Once the dog staff too marked the image as suspicious, the said consignment was opened for examination. On examining the container, 19 gold bars of 1 kilogram each were found concealed inside the packages of dates. The container was stuffed with thermocol, carbon and plastic. The total value of the gold bars is Rs 4.50 crore,” said a source in the customs department.
The customs officials have identified the importer of the said consignment and have strengthened their efforts to trace and nab the importer of this illegal consignment.
The officials have seized the gold bars under the provisions of the customs act, since the gold bars were non-declared goods.