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Man arrested for smuggling 27 iPhones, 330 watches at IGIA

Man arrested for smuggling 27 iPhones, 330 watches at IGIA

New Delhi: The custom officials at Delhi Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport have arrested one person for allegedly trying to smuggle branded items worth Rs 20 lakh.

The investigators said that accused had a history of smuggling commercial items into the country. The customs department received a specific tip-off on September 25 about one passenger arriving from Hong Kong to Delhi by flight number CX-697.

The moment the man arrived at the IGI airport, the officers of Air Customs Preventive (IGI) intercepted the passenger. A detailed personal baggage search of the person resulted in the recovery of 27 Apple I-Phones including latest models, 330 watches of different brands such as Rolex, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace among others.

The officials also seized over 20 branded tracksuits and one iron soldering machine of You Yoe model-3600.

Custom in their press statement said that the total value of the recovered item was Rs 20 lakhs. The goods have been seized under section 110 of Customs Act, 1962.

Additional Commissioner of Customs, Amandeep Singh said that the passenger admitted that he brought commercial items valued at Rs 85 lakh in his past visits.

"From October 2017 to September 2019 he has been smuggling the commercial items into the country," said an official.

The statement further said that the passenger was arrested under the provisions of section 104 of the Customs Act, 1962.

An official said that they are suspecting that the accused had brought these goods to sell in the grey market.

Further investigators are also probing his link were in the past accused had disposed of the smuggled goods.

Recently on September 22, a man was arrested at the Delhi airport upon his arrival from Moscow for allegedly smuggling gold bars and gold wires worth more than Rs 29 lakh by concealing them in his underclothes.

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