Another gold carrier intercepted at the airport | Jaipur News
Jaipur: Customs seized around 350 grams of gold worth Rs 17 lakh at Jaipur International Airport on Friday. This is the third crisis in 10 days.
The gold was intercepted by a passenger who landed from Dubai and officials claimed that in 90% of cases these ‘carriers or mules’ had no idea what they were smuggling and carrying the metal precious for only a few thousand rupees.
Officials also said that in the majority of cases, the carriers turn out to be people with blue collar jobs overseas and mostly from the Nagaur or Shekhawati belt.
In the recent seizure on Friday evening, customs officials at Jaipur International Airport intercepted a passenger arriving from Dubai and after a thorough examination of his luggage, 349.810 grams of gold valued at Rs 17,40,305 was seized. This gold was concealed in a coffee and spice grinder and three magnetic bracelets. “In 90% of cases, even though the carriers may have an idea, they don’t know exactly what is in the package. These are people who are sent abroad to work and after having worked for a few months, they are unemployed, so for a return ticket and money, they receive the package. In fact, they don’t even know the identity of the person who is supposed to pick up the package from them after they exit the airport, although the recipient does know the identity of the carrier, ”a customs official said.
The passenger carrying the gold has no information about the smuggling network.
The smugglers also ensure that the transported gold is of the authorized value which is less than Rs 20 lakh so that there is no risk of arrest. Expanding further, the official said, “When the carrier is delayed out of the airport after we intercept the gold, the recipient realizes something is wrong and doesn’t wait. In addition, the receiver obtains the information of a possible interception either by a co-passenger or by other means.
Just five days ago 1,400 grams of gold were intercepted from a passenger who landed from Dubai and prior to that approximately 400 grams of gold were seized from a passenger who landed from Sharjah.