Customs officers at Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) have thwarted a major gold smuggling attempt by seizing 1606.000 grams of gold from three passengers arriving from Dubai between March 1 and March 15, 2023. The gold, valued at Rs. 90,67,75, was concealed in innovative ways by the smugglers.
One of the smugglers went to the extent of using his 21-month-old child to smuggle gold. The man had concealed gold in his rectum and had also made his child wear a diaper in which a pouch containing gold in paste form was hidden. This shocking incident has raised concerns over the safety and security of minors who are being used as pawns in such illegal activities.
In another case, a male passenger tried to smuggle gold by concealing it in paste form in the waistband of his trousers. However, the vigilant customs officers detected the smuggling attempt and seized the gold.
The Mangaluru Customs officials have said that further investigations are currently underway to unravel the modus operandi of the smugglers and their network. The officials also urged passengers to strictly adhere to the customs regulations and avoid carrying any prohibited items.
Smuggling of gold and other illegal items through airports has become a major concern for customs officials across the world. The latest incident in Mangaluru highlights the need for strict measures and increased vigilance to curb such activities. The customs department has urged travelers to cooperate with officials and report any suspicious activity to ensure the safety and security of everyone.
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