CHENNAI: Customs officials at Chennai international airport on Wednesday detected eight cases of smuggling and seized 5.3 kg of gold, worth Rs 2.28 crore, and other contrabands like cigarettes, smartphones and refurbished laptops in commercial quantity. They arrested seven passengers.
Mohamed Azarudeen, 23, John Mohamed, 29, Jailaudeen, 40, all hailing from Trichy, and Mohamed, 60 , of Chennai, who arrived here from Dubai in an Emirates flight (EK-544), and Aslam Bihas, 22 , of Sivaganga, who arrived here from Kuala Lumpur in a Malaysian Airlines flight (MH-182), were intercepted and searched.
Ten bundles containing gold in paste form were recovered from their rectums. On extraction, three kg of gold valued at Rs 1.27 crore was recovered. One gold cut bit weighing 48 gram, valued at Rs 2 lakh, was also recovered from the pocket of Jailaudeen. Four passengers were arrested.
Based on specific information, Sickander, 26, of Chennai, Mohamed Asmathullah Khan,31, and Obeyes Mohamed, 24, both hailing from Ramanathapuram, who all arrived from Dubai in an Emirates flight (EK-544), were intercepted and searched. Six bundles containing gold in paste form were recovered from their rectums.
On extraction, 1.8 kg of gold valued at Rs 76.37 lakh was recovered. Two gold rings and one gold chain, totally weighing 160 gram and worth Rs.6.86 lakh, were also recovered from them. Three passengers were arrested.
All the above men also brought cigarettes, smartphones and refurbished laptops in commercial quantity in their checked in luggage. These items, worth Rs 17.91 lakh, were also seized.
One bundle of gold in paste form was also recovered from the garbage bin placed in the handicapped toilet near the VIP lounge of the arrival hall. On extraction, 358 grams gold worth Rs 15.36 lakh was recovered and seized as unclaimed.
In total, customs officials seized gold and other items worth Rs 2.46 crore.