Directorate of Revenue Intelligence: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 36 kg of smuggled gold worth Rs 21 crore along with Rs 20 lakh in cash from the Air Cargo Complex in suburban Andheri. In this case a person was arrested from the premises. An official gave this information on Tuesday. The official said that on the basis of specific information, DRI officials conducted searches at the Air Cargo Complex Mumbai Customs on Monday and recovered the smuggled gold at various stages of investigation. It is the largest complex in India in terms of air cargo complex, cargo volume, cargo value, documents filed and revenue collected.
36 kg gold seized
The official said that during the investigation of gold smuggling cases, DRI came to know about a gang involved in bringing and distributing smuggled gold. These valuables were paid for through hawala channels. He told that the DRI monitored the travel activity of some foreign nationals and suspected Indians to bust the racket. The official said that the officials seized 36 kg of gold at various stages of the investigation, the value of which was estimated at Rs 21 crore. Cash worth Rs 20 lakh was recovered from the in-charge of the premises and he was arrested.
According to the officer, the accused told that he had bought gold from different persons, some of whom were foreign nationals. The accused told that gold is smuggled in the form of capsules, in travel bags, in the folds of clothes and hidden in machines as well as in the body. He said that further investigation revealed that the gold was distributed to various indigenous smugglers, who are suspected to be part of the smugglers’ racket. The official said that the accused was arrested under the Customs Act and further investigation is underway.