The Air Customs department in Chennai on Friday arrested nine people for smuggling gold to India from foreign countries in two separate cases.
On Friday, seventeen passengers including four women who had arrived from Dubai via Fly Dubai flight FZ 8515 and Emirates flight EK 542 were intercepted at exit on suspicion of carrying of gold. On their personal search 48 bundles of gold paste weighing 9.03 kg was recovered from rectum. On extraction 7.72 kgs of gold worth Rs. 3.93 crores was recovered.
On further search 12 gold cut bits weighing 386 grams and 1 gold chain weighing 74 grams were also recovered from their pockets and hand bags. In total, 8.18 kgs of gold worth Rs. 4.16 crore was recovered and seized under Customs Act. Nine people have been arrested including one woman.