Chennai: As part of a special vigil to apprehend gold smugglers from Dubai, Air Customs officials detained eight passengers arriving from the Gulf country. The passengers arrived in the city on Emirates flight EK 544 and were frisked at the airport as they attempted to rush out.
According to officials, when questioned, the passengers became nervous and gave evasive responses. Passengers were frisked and their luggage was searched, and gold paste was discovered hidden in plastic pouches hidden in their jeans and inner garments. After extraction, a total of 9kg gold of 24K purity, valued at Rs.4.5 crore, was recovered from the gold paste and seized under the Customs Act.
Senior Air Customs officials say this is the biggest seizure of gold in the city, amid the lockdown, when there are very few international flights coming in.