Indian customs arrest travelers from UAE for over $358,000 in smuggled gold

Indian customs officers seized nearly 7,000 grams of gold worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from three passengers traveling to Delhi from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

The undeclared gold concealed in the form of chemical pulp and worth approximately $358,000 was found in seven pouches concealed in handbags.

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The gold was found concealed on three passengers who had landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, officials reported on Twitter.

“Air Customs at IGI seized 6,637 grams of gold from three people arriving from Sharjah,” the tweet read. “The gold, in paste form, was concealed in seven pounds kept in the pockets of a body shaper, kept in purses.”

Customs officials said the three people were arrested under the Customs Act. Investigations are continuing.

Officials said they routinely catch passengers trying to smuggle gold into the country.

In July, authorities seized nearly 1,000 grams of gold concealed in the piping of a seat on a plane that had flown to Delhi from Abu Dhabi.

The undeclared gold paste worth around $55,000 was found concealed in the plane which landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

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