News - Smuggling of Gold in liquid form

Smuggling of Gold in liquid form :Officers of Air Intelligence Unit, Air Customs, Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery intercepted a passenger who arrived by Air India Express Flight No. IX 434 from Dubai to Cochin at 1.15 am at 06.03.2014 . He was intercepted at the exit gate of the Arrival Hall while he was hurriedly passing through the ‘Green Channel’ on suspicion that he is carrying contraband goods/gold. Detailed examination of baggage has resulted in the recovery of 4 plastic containers carrying yellow coloured fluid kept within condoms inside the containers. On further detailed examination of the contents of the said four containers, it was found to contain highly corrosive fluid with powdered gold dissolved in it. Total weight of fluid with dissolved gold amounts to 5.345 Kgs. Efforts are on to retrieve the gold and quantify the same. Further investigations are in progress. This is the first time that liquid gold is seized from a passenger at Cochin International Airport and it appears to be a unique and innovative method adopted by the smugglers to smuggle in gold. The seizure was effected by a team of officers led by Shri S.A.S.Navaz, Deputy Commissioner of Customs (AIU) & Shri Abhilash K. Sreenivasan, Dy. Commissioner. The others members of the team are Supdts. V.C. Ajayakumar, K.G. Giresh, S. Anilbabu, T. Pavithran and Inspectors Rahiyanath Beevi, K. Rajakumar and K. Sathish.