Mumbai, 25th April 2023: Based on specific intelligence that gold in paste form is being smuggled into India by a syndicate of passengers who are traveling from UAE to Mumbai on the 24th April, surveillance was mounted by a team of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officers at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai.
The suspected passengers in three flights were identified and intercepted by the team of DRI officers at the airport. A thorough examination of the passengers led to recovery of a total of 16.36 kg of gold in paste form, gold- cut pieces and jewellery. The value of the gold is about Rs 10.16 crores.
Most of the recovered gold was found concealed on the body of the suspect passengers making it extremely difficult to detect. Further, during follow up search at related premises 1.42 kg gold valued approximately at around Rs 85 lakhs along with foreign currency worth Rs 16 lakhs and Indian currency of Rs 88 lakhs has also been recovered.
This is a unique modus operandi busted by the DRI indicating the uphill task faced by the officers of DRI on regular basis to check the syndicates smuggling gold in various forms into the country.
Total 18 female Sudanese nationals carrying the smuggled gold and one Indian national who is the key person coordinating the movement of passengers have been arrested in this case. Further investigation in the instant case is under progress to unravel the complete chain of persons involved in the syndicate responsible for the illegal inflow of gold into the country.