Chennai: Two orders, customs seize gold, iPhones, cigarettes, alcohol worth Rs 85 lakhs

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Based on the intelligence, Air Customs intercepted and searched two returnees from Sharjah and checked their luggage. Syed Ibrahim Gani, 27, and Shahul Hameed, 36, from Chennai had arrived via Indigo flight 6E 8245.

Six bundles of gold paste weighing 1.48 kg were recovered from the rectum. 1.29 kg of gold valued at 66 lakhs was recovered during mining.

A gold chain weighing 60 grams of gold and 3 cut gold bits weighing 70 grams valued at Rs 6.6 lakhs were also recovered from the pockets of their pants. Total of 1.42 kg of gold valued at Rs. 72.6 lakhs were recovered and seized under the Customs Act.

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A search of their checked baggage revealed 44 cartons of Gudang Garam cigarettes, 11 units of iPhone 12 Pro, eight old laptops and 8 bottles of alcohol.

Goods with a total value of Rs. 12.4 lakhs were seized under the Customs Act and the duo were arrested.

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