Hyderabad: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested a passenger and his associate at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here on charges of smuggling gold into the city from Sharjah.

The worth of the seized haul weighing 652.95 grams is Rs 24.61 lakh. Based on specific intelligence information, the DRI officials intercepted a passenger, who arrived by an IndiGo flight from Sharjah, at the arrival hall at RGIA.

On examining the passenger, it was found that he was wearing a customised jeans in which gold in paste form weighing 843 grams was hidden and stitched in the waist band and bottom hem area.

Further examination resulted in finding the gold weighing 652.95 grams. The gold was stitched into the jeans to avoid Customs checking at the airport. Enquiries by the DRI officials revealed that the passenger was entrusted the job of carrying the gold paste on the request of his friend to deliver it outside the RGIA.

The passenger’s friend asked him to hand it over to a person waiting outside the exit gate at RGIA.The passenger admitted to have been smuggling the gold.

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