Air passenger found with gold paste worth Rs 48.50 lakh


Vasco: The air intelligence unit (AIU) of Goa Customs, on Tuesday, informed that their sleuths  apprehended an international passenger who had arrived from Muscat at the Dabolim airport, and seized gold paste, weighing 1360 grams, worth Rs 48.50 lakh, from his possession in the wee hours.

Customs sleuths, headed by assistant commissioner of customs (AIU) Navin Patel and assistant commissioner of customs (airport) Deepak Gawai, apprehended the passenger, who had arrived at the airport from Muscat by Oman Air flight (WY-209) at around 3.55 am.

Upon frisking the passenger, the customs sleuths found something fishy. After intensive search, the sleuths recovered 1360 grams of gold paste, worth Rs 48.50 lakh.

“The gold paste was concealed in the waist band of jeans and the shoe insoles worn by the passenger,” said the assistant commissioner of customs (AIU) Patel.

The gold has been seized under the provisions of Customs Act 1962.

“The air customs of Goa commissionerate has seized gold worth Rs 60.58 lakh at Dabolim international airport since April 2019,” informed Patel.

He maintained that the whole exercise was conducted under the guidance of additional commissioner of customs (Goa) J K Meena. Further investigations are in progress.