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Gold smugglers arrested in Tiruchi

Jul 21, 2010 10:30:47 AM - itnnews.lk

The Indian Air Intelligence Unit of the Customs Department at the Tiruchi Airport has cracked an international gold smuggling racket. Around five kg of gold biscuits smuggled from Sri Lanka has been seized.

The sleuths have arrested six Indian nationals for smuggling the Gold worth eight million 990 thousand Indian rupees. The arrested persons had concealed the gold biscuits in their rectum and were instructed to deliver the goods to certain persons in Chennai. They landed in Tiruchi in a flight from Colombo and were planning to take the gold to Chennai via road.

D Sivasankaran, Additional Commissioner of Customs, Tiruchi said all the suspects admitted to have smuggled gold biscuits concealed in their rectum. They also voluntary retrieved the biscuits and handed them over to the customs officials. In all there were 47 gold biscuits totally weighing 4.86 kgs. They had not declared their possession of gold and attempted to evade payment of duty for the gold. The 47 gold biscuits, measuring approximately about 4 cm by 2 cm, were placed in condoms and then pushed into thin polythene covers. The official said six men then distributed the packets among themselves and hid them in their rectum.