A man has been detained in India for smuggling gold
The 36-year-old from Tamil Nadu, in the south of the sub-continent, was initially detained after customs agents at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi airport became suspicious after the man was spotted walking in an odd manner following his arrival on a flight from Singapore at around 1am on Sunday.
An initial investigation revealed that the man had eight gold bars, weighing 800g in total, in his luggage – which had been hidden in LED lamps.
Officials display some of the gold seized
After the man was questioned and he refused to reveal any more information, he was put through a metal detector which revealed the other 12 bars on his person.
The 12 bars inside him weighed a total of 1.2kg.
The total haul, weighing 2kg, was valued at around £70,000 (5.91million rupees).
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A smuggler bringing gold pieces concealed in his rectum is often an expert. That’s because not anyone can move with ease when gold pieces are in the rear
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A Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officer
India particularly has a problem with gold smuggling as gold bought in the country retails for a significantly higher price than that bought in Singapore or Dubai, enticing smugglers to come up with new ways to get the commodity into the country.
But customs officials in India have been given special training in order to spot passengers walking in a peculiar way who could be gold smugglers.
Hyderabad airport where the man was detained
A man was discovered with gold bars up his rectum (stock image)
A Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officer said: “A smuggler bringing gold pieces concealed in his rectum is often an expert. That’s because not anyone can move with ease when gold pieces are in the rear.”
According a 43-year-old experienced gold smuggler, known only as Sajilal, the maximum weight that can be smuggled up the rectum is 800g.
He said: "We practice carrying the gold and try walking and sitting normally to avoid customs officials.
Customs officials detained the man at Hyderabad airport
“Food or water is strict no during assignments. There are a few exercises we do that make work easier and help us carry more gold.
“The maximum one can carry in the rear is up to 800 grams broken into pieces.”
Indian customs officials also revealed that they had discovered gold bars hidden in machine parts, toys, hard disks and gaming consoles.
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