Woman held at city airport with gold hidden in slippers

Customs officials at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport on Sunday arrested a woman from Turkmenistan who was allegedly trying to smuggle into the country gold jewellery worth over ₹25 lakh.

Police said the woman had concealed the jewellery in her footwear.

According to customs officers, the woman arrived at terminal 3 of the Delhi airport on Sunday from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Following a tip-off, a team of customs officers intercepted the woman and asked her to cooperate for detailed frisking and baggage check.

“During checking, we found something suspicious about her footwear. When the footwear was checked with a metal detector, it indicated to some concealment in it. We cut open the footwear and recovered seven gold chains and five gold bracelets concealed in it,” said a customs officer who wished not to be named.

Amandeep Singh, additional commissioner customs (IGI airport), said the recovered gold is worth ₹25.13 lakh.

“The woman was arrested and the gold was seized,” Singh said. Another customs officer said they were finding out if the woman was previously involved in such incidents.

“The name of the woman cannot be disclosed as our investigations are in progress. We are also looking whether she is a part of some smuggling syndicate or was being used by smugglers as a carrier,” the officer said.

The number of cash and gold smuggling cases busted at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport has been
increasing every year, according to data from the customs department.

First Published:
May 21, 2019 07:00 IST

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