CHENNAI: Trafficked gold valued Rs 50 lakh was seized by air customs officials at Anna International Airport in 2 separate cases reported during weekend. Based on an info, officials from air intelligence unit of office of commissioner of customs led a thorough search in an Air India flight that inwards from Sharjah via Thiruvananthapuram.
They found a white cloth bag hidden under the pillow of one of seats. On examination, the officials found 8 gold bangles and 4 gold chains of 24 carat purity, weighing 1.25kilogram valued at Rs 41 lakh. The officials later detained Mullukan Abdul Rahman Basheer Ahamed, 56, of Thiruvarur, who travelled from Sharjah to Chennai and had engaged the seat. He was detained after he confessed to smuggling the gold.
On Saturday night, air intelligence unit officers stopped Abdul Bakri, 27, of Chennai, a passenger who inwards from Kuala Lumpur via Singapore in a Singapore Airlines flight, at the departure of customs arrival hall on doubt of carrying gold. When the officer frisked him, they found 1 gold piece weighing 50 gram hidden in pant’s pocket and 3 bundles of gold in rubbery spread hidden in his rectum. Gold weighing 217 gram of 24 carat purity was removed. A total of 267 grams of gold worth at Rs 9 lakh was recovered.