Woman held with 11 kg of gold at airport


Hyderabad: On Tuesday, (DRI) The city unit of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence early seized 11.1 kilograms of gold worth Rs 3.63 crore from a woman traveler at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad. Apart from foreign marked gold, foreign currency valued over Rs 1.50 cr was also recovered at a five-star hotel in the city, according to DRI officials.

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Based on specific info, officers of Hyderabad DRI unit stopped passenger coming from Dubai in early hours of Tuesday at RGIA’s exit gate. They recovered 11.1 kilogram of smuggled gold hidden in 7 specially made cloth pockets and socks, along with UAE dirhams and Singapore dollars equivalent to Rs 4.25 lakh.

Further, the officers searched a room of a 5-star hotel where traveler was staying for last 5 months and recovered sale proceeds of smuggled gold in form of the foreign currency of US Dollars and Saudi Riyals equal to Rs 1.50 crore. The passenger was detained, further investigation was under progress.

After a daylong questioning, DRI officials detained passenger. When asked whether she was a carrier to smuggle the gold from Dubai to Hyderabad, officials declined to elaborate more as investigation is on. They said hard work were on to know more info about persons who were behind woman and since how long she had been doing the crime.

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