KOCHI: The Customs Department at the Cochin International Airport seized 508 g of gold being smuggled in compound form from a Malappuram native who had arrived from Dubai.
Customs officers seized a total of 1.8 kg of gold from different passengers in the past week. On April 23, 159.94 g of crude gold jewellery worth 5.16 lakh was seized from a Malappuram native who arrived from Kuala Lumpur. The gold had been concealed in his person.
The next day, a Kozhikode native arrived from Bahrain was held and crude gold chains weighing 233.2 g were seized from him. The gold which is valued at 7.49 lakh, was hidden in his person.
In another case, on April 25, four gold bars weighing 228 g were seized from a Malappuram native who arrived from Muscat. The gold bars are hidden in his rectum and were worth 7.27 lakh.
In two other cases, on April 24, 540 g of gold jewellery worth 16.28 lakh was seized from two passengers who arrived from Sharjah. In three previous cases, 2.4 kg of gold was removed from a brown-coloured powder of gold in compound form, which was valued at 76.73 lakh.