Mumbai - Based on suspicion, AIU officers on 21.01.2017 intercepted a passenger Mr. Ahmed Thameez on his arrival from Dubai by Emirates Airways flight no. EK 506. Search of his checked- in-baggage resulted in recovery of one solid crude gold of cylindrical shape totally weighing 2.249 Kgs valued at Rs 6,09,1912 lakhs.
The passenger had ingeniously concealed the said solid crude gold of cylindrical shape in the specially made hollow cylindrical iron shaft covered from both the ends which formed the central part of the motor of the portable car washing machine. The same were recovered and seized under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.
Further, 2 I Phones valued at Rs.12,0000 were also recovered from his hand baggage and were taken over and seized in the reasonable belief that the same were being smuggled into India and hence liable to confiscation under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.
The passenger in his statement recorded under sec. 108 of the Customs Act, 1962 has admitted knowledge, ownership, possession, carriage, concealment & recovery of said gold & I Phone which were being smuggled into India without payment of proper customs duty and in contravention of provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. The passenger has further admitted that the above said goods belonged to some other person and was supposed to handover to Mr. Irshad MP in Mumbai and he carried it into India for a monetary consideration. Both the passenger and the receiver Mr. Irshad MP, who was apprehended outside the Airport, were arrested. Further investigation is underway.