Five gold smugglers caught 3 kg gold seized
Hyderabad: Officers of Airport Intelligence Unit (AIU), Hyderabad Customs, on Wednesday arrested five gold smugglers at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport and seized 3 kg gold worth Rs 96 lakh. Briefing the media on Friday at the Customs Office here, Customs Commissioner M R R Reddy said the officials had detected the gold concealed in four trolley bags brought by two carriers from Dubai to Hyderabad. They came by Emirates Flight EK 526 on Wednesday.
During the course of investigation, the officers apprehended three more persons who were part of the syndicate which was operating from Dubai and Hyderabad. The arrested included a receiver. The modus operandi adopted by the gang was to hand over the specially made trolley bags containing the concealed gold to carriers or Hyderabad-bound gullible passengers from Dubai by giving them free Air tickets and taking care of their stay in Dubai for two to three days.
The receiver waiting outside the Airport would identify the carriers or gullible passengers based on photographs send through WhatsApp by the kingpin in Dubai and trolley bags would be taken over by the receiver for handing over to the kingpin’s accomplice in Hyderabad.