Mangaluru, Feb 5, 2016 : As per reliable reports, Officers of Customs at Mangalore International Airport detected several cases of smuggling of contraband and seized 1.16-kgs of gold, foreign currency equivalent to Rs 3.47 lakh and 129 cartons of foreign cigarettes in January 2016.
In the first case detected by officers of air intelligence unit, which was formed last month, five 10 tola gold bars, weighing 583.250 grams and valued over Rs 15.45 lakh was recovered.
These were ingeniously concealed in central core portion of steel type hot and cold water tap mixers brought in a carton box by a passenger who arrived from Dubai.
In another case, airport Customs officers seized 581 grams of gold valued over Rs 15.33 lakh found concealed in the form of washers fixed to the lining of two stroller bags carried by a passenger, who arrived from Dubai.
Also, foreign currency amounting to 18500 UAE Dirham equivalent to Rs 3,46,875 was seized from possession of a passenger departing to Dubai, as the passenger had attempted to smuggle it out of India without valid documents. More than 130 cartons of cigarettes valued about Rs 2.04 lakh was recovered and seized in five cases as they were devoid of statutory pictorial warning.