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Two women detained for trying to smuggle gold worth Rs 26.4 lakh


Two foreigners arrested from Mumbai airport for trying to smuggle in 987.48 grams of gold valued Rs 26.4 lakh


gold2Mumbai: Two female foreigners, in separate cases have been arrested from the international airport in Mumbai for allegedly trying to smuggle in 987.48 grams of gold valued Rs 26.4 lakh from Iran and Sri Lanka, as informed by a senior Customs official.

Farahnaz Gholamhossein Dahmardeh Ghalehnoo of Iran and Samsiya Mahammooddu Lebbee from Sri Lanka was stopped on suspicion at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport yesterday when they were found with yellow metal, said the official of Air Intelligence Unit of the Customs.

According to Customs, passenger Farahnaz arrived on an Iran air flight and cleared herself through a Green Channel not declaring any goods.

When she arrived at 2B arrival hall, she was intercepted on suspicion and assorted gold jewellery weighing 399.78 grams and valued at Rs10.69 lakh was recovered. It was hidden in a bundle of Iranian breads and in cavity pocket of a jacket in her hand. The gold was seized and she was subsequently arrested.

Similarly, Samsiya, holding Sri Lankan passport, arrived on a Sri Lankan Airlines flight from Colombo yesterday and was intercepted near Exit Gate. She was possessing 587.7 grams of gold jewellery worth around Rs 15.71 lakh, the official said. She was also arrested under relevant sections of the Customs Act for smuggling the yellow metal.


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