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Kyrgyz woman held at IGI for smuggling gold, cigarettes

Kyrgyz woman held at IGI for smuggling gold, cigarettes

New Delhi: A woman from Kyrgyzstan has been arrested by customs officials at the airport here for allegedly trying to smuggle in gold and cigarettes worth Rs 27 lakh, the customs department said on

Friday.

The accused was intercepted after her arrival from Osh (Kyrgyzstan) via Moscow on Thursday.

A detailed personal and baggage search of the passenger resulted in the recovery of four gold chains (collectively weighing 803 grams) and 5,000 sticks of Davidoff brand cigarettes, the customs department said in a statement.

The gold and cigarettes worth Rs 26.73 lakh has been seized and the passenger was arrested, it said.

It is not the first time such incidents reported from the airport.

In April, CISF detected three gold bars weighing about 03 kgs worth approximately Rs 90 lakh at IGI Airport.

The passenger carrying the gold, on enquiry, he could not produce any valid

document.

In another case reported in February, CISF personnel detected two gold bars worth approximately Rs 60 lakh at IGI Airport.

In the same month, CISF also detected four gold bars weighing about 400 gms worth approximately Rs 12 lakh from a foreign passenger.

The foreign passenger who was supposed to travel to Paro (Bhutan).

On enquiry, he could not produce any valid document.

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