Mangaluru, Jun 07, 2018 : Acting on credible intelligence the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Regional Unit one International passenger Umar Farook Kannadaguli(28) of Mannila in Bantwal who arrived by Spicejet Flight No. SG-60 from Dubai to Mangalore on June 06 attempt to smuggle gold into the country at the Mangaluru International Airport.
On arrival of the flight Umar was identified at the exit of the green channel, intercepted and escorted to Customs Arrival area and subjected to thorough checking. On checking his luggage, it was revealed that he was carrying a multimedia speaker system. On opening the said multimedia speaker system it was found that 6 tola bars of gold of foreign origin were cleverly concealed inside the transformer of the said multimedia speaker system in order to avoid detection. The said gold pieces weighed 699 grams in total and were found to be of 24 Karat purity and their current market value was placed at around 21.53 lakhs. The contraband gold was later seized by the officers of DRI under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. The passenger Umar Farook Kannadaguli was arrested for attempting to smuggle gold Tola bars into the country.
Further investigation in the case is in progress.