Customs detect 3 cases of smuggling gold, tobacco at airport

Mumbai Customs today detected three cases of smuggling of tobacco and gold at international airport here and arrested one person.

In the first case, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Customs intercepted two passengers, identified as Vijay Rupapara and Manish Khambani, who were to fly to Lubumbashi via Addis Ababa.

"The passengers were attempting to export 5869 pouches and 900 tins of tobacco products, 185.5 kgs of cut betel nuts, 11 pieces of mobile phones and 2 pieces of phone tablets collectively valued at Rs 5.12 lakh," an official said, adding the articles were stuffed in 17 checked-in bags and 4 hand bags of the passengers.

In another case, a flyer who landed here from Abu Dhabi was arrested.

"Faisal Chalil was attempting surreptitious removal of gold collectively weighing 1379 grams valued at Rs 37.35 lakh," the official said, adding the gold was concealed in the copper winding of mixer/ grinder, which was recovered and seized.