India: Man tries to smuggle Rs800,000 in undergarments; arrested

The airport customs department found and seized the money, which was in US dollars


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Published: Sun 29 Jan 2023, 1:52 PM

Officials of the customs department at Trichy international airport in India seized foreign currency of $10,000 concealed in the undergarments of a male passenger, officials said on Saturday.

The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the customs department intercepted a male passenger at the airport owing to suspicion on January 28. They found $10,000, which is equivalent to Rs805,500 in Indian currency.

Earlier in December last year, the Customs Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) intercepted a man and seized two gold biscuits, valued at over Rs800,000, concealed inside a tin at Trichy Airport. The gold pieces weighed 147.5 grams and had a purity of 24 carats.

Earlier in November 2022, Trichy airport officials seized one piece of gold weighing around 145 grams from a female passenger at the Tiruchirappalli airport.

The gold piece was worth Rs 774,590 and had a purity of 24 carats. The officials extracted the yellow metal from 169 grams of paste-like materials concealed in the rectum of the female passenger.

"The female passenger arrived at Tiruchirappalli airport from Kuala Lumpur by Air Asia flight no-AK-23 on November 15," a statement said.


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