Sudanese woman among 3 held for smuggling gold

Sudanese woman among 3 held for smuggling gold

Customs officials at the Kempegowda International Airport on Saturday arrested three persons, including a woman from Sudan, for allegedly smuggling gold bars by concealing them in their private parts.

A senior officer from the customs department said that following a tip-off, soon after the accused landed in KIA, they were taken into custody and 4.4 kg gold worth Rs 1.45 crore was seized. As the legal procedures are yet to be completed, the identities of the accused could not be revealed, the officer said.

The Sudanese national, who arrived from Dubai, was frisked and 1.3 kg of gold biscuits hidden in her private parts were seized. She was later handed over to police.

A 42-year-old man with a German passport, who also arrived from Dubai, was caught with 1.4 kg of gold biscuits. He had concealed it in his denim shorts. He had worn shorts beneath his trouser to avoid detection.

A Kerala native, too, was stopped over suspicion. After examination, officials found 500 grams of gold pieces from his rectum. He too had landed from Dubai, and was heading to his hometown in Kerala.