On Tuesday, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested three passengers, including a woman, at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad after they were found smuggling gold weighing 2.6 kilograms.
A team of DRI officials and Customs officials intercepted the three passengers after they arrived from Dubai. The passengers were carrying gold inside their bodies.
Eleven capsules containing 2,661.800 grams with a purity of 99% and having a market value of 1 Crore 40 Lakh INR were seized under the Indian Customs Act 1962.
DRI officers got suspicious of the passengers, and when they were intercepted and inquired upon with the passengers, they denied possession of gold. However, the officials were not satisfied, and upon further interrogation, all passengers admitted to smuggling gold.
After that, the examination of the passengers was carried out, and nine capsules containing gold in paste form were recovered from the body of the three passengers.
Further, upon X-ray examination of the passengers, two more capsules were found concealed inside the body of one of the male passengers, which were also recovered.
The preliminary investigation revealed that all three worked as carriers for gold smuggling firms in Tiruchirappalli and Chennai.