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Passenger Aircraft Smuggles 1 Kilogram of Gold in Rectum

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – South Indian police detain one airplane passengers who had just arrived from Dubai because he had hidden a one-kilogram gold plate inside his body.

The passenger arrived at Kannur Airport in Kerala on a GoAir flight with 972 grams of the precious metal in a flat shape which he put into his anus.

Officials at the Air Intelligence Unit removed the gold plates from the man’s body on Tuesday, according to The National report, October 14, 2020.

Indian airport authorities found gold when they suspected a man was walking in strange gestures, according to a News.com.au report

Another passenger on the same flight was also caught carrying 1.47 kg of gold, officials said. They did not reveal how the passenger tried to hide the gold which was pounded flat.

On Wednesday, customs offices also seized 386 grams of gold from a passenger who landed at Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, on an Air Arabia flight from Sharjah.

Officials said the gold was hidden in the passenger’s underwear so as not to include any manifest evidence of the valuables he was carrying.

This is the seventh case of smuggling of gold or foreign currency into India from the Gulf state reported by Indian customs in Cochin this week, with gold also confiscated from a passenger who flew from Muscat on Sunday.

Tax on goods and services gold in India it is 18 percent, making the smuggling of the precious metal into the country frequent for profit.

In recent months, police discovered smuggling syndicates and arrested passengers trying to bring illegal gold to India.

Over the past week, several airports in India have reported seizing between 300 grams and 3 kg of gold put in a capsule in the form of a paste or coated in underwear.

In a massive investigation by customs officials in Kerala, gold weighing 30 kg worth US $ 1.9 million (Rp.28 billion) was confiscated after being found hidden in a cylinder lock this year.

UAE and Indian officials said they were working to track down the crime syndicate.

Customs officials say the passengers of the plane returned to India often covered gold in brown boxes, wallets, umbrellas, and pens to avoid taxes.





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