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Mangaluru: DRI officers seize over 2 kg of gold hidden in SpiceJet aircraft


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru
With inputs from Media Release

Mangaluru, May 17: The officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Mangaluru have seized over 2 kg of smuggled gold that was hidden in an aircraft that arrived at Mangaluru International Airport here on Wednesday May 16.

The gold was found concealed in flight SG 479, the SpiceJet flight operating from Mumbai to Mangaluru.

Upon receipt of specific intelligence that certain unscrupulous elements were attempting to smuggle huge quantities of gold of foreign origin into the country through Mangaluru International Airport by way of concealing it inside aircraft, the DRI officers rushed to the airport on the morning of Wednesday May 16 and conducted thorough rummaging of the aircraft under suspicion.

Prior to this journey, the same aircraft was deployed on an international run between Dubai and Mumbai as SG14. During an intensive search operation conducted with the assistance of technicians of SpiceJet, officers on suspicion opened the oxygen mask panel on the top ceiling of the aircraft’s front toilet and inside the panel hidden gold bars wrapped in a socks were discovered. On opening the socks two gold bars of 1 kg each and a single tola bar of 116.640 grams were found. The total weight of the Gold bars so recovered was found to be 2116.640 grams and their current market price was assessed at about Rs. 66.67 lac.

The gold was seized by the officers for contravention of the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962 as they were being illegally smuggled into the country. Preliminary investigation revealed that the said gold was originally concealed in the aircraft by a passenger during the aircraft’s international run from Dubai to Mumbai and it was supposed to be retrieved by a domestic passenger during one of its subsequent journeys.

Further investigation in the matter along with look out for the smugglers behind the scene is underway. The event assumes importance as it happens to be the first incident of organized gold smuggling attempted through Mangaluru airport after the election period is over.


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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Fri, May 18 2018

    Mangaluru customs are doing really great service and we congratulate you for seizure of this fat smuggled gold consignment.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Thu, May 17 2018

    Why Dubai airport security allowing so much gold without proper scrutiny?

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  • Lancer, Mudarangadi

    Thu, May 17 2018

    Indian customs can't catch all these smugglers without intelligence sharing by Dubai customs

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  • Rampanna, UDUPI

    Fri, May 18 2018

    Because it is not illegal to export gold out of Dubai.

    Even in India, importing gold is not a crime. But not paying duty on that is a crime.

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