Customs official at the Chennai international airport seized smuggling gold worth Rs.30.5 lakh on Thursday.
According to airport sources, officials detained Karthick (45) of Ariyalur who arrived at the Chennai airport from Bahrain in Gulf airlines on Thursday.
The officials stopped him and searched his luggage. During the searching, they found gold weighing 350 grams. Officials seized the gold worth Rs 10.5 lakh and arrested him.
similarly, official searched a passenger named Arokyiam (51). who had arrived at the Chennai Airport from Kuala Lumpur in an Air Asia flight. “He had coated the gold pieces in key chains and stitched them in his suit which he brought from Malaysia. The gold was seized and he was taken into custody” the officials said.
In the third case, the officials searched a passenger named Praveen (46) of Sivagangai, who arrived at the Chennai international airport on a flight from Dubai on Friday, On searching his luggage and they found a gold chain weighing 300 grams kept in a sweet box. a total of Rs 30.5 lakh smuggled gold was seized from them.