Two Kenyan nationals arrested for trying to smuggle 22 kg gold worth 6.37 crore

Two Kenyan nationals arrested for trying to smuggle 22 kg gold worth 6.37 crore
The seized gold (Courtesy: Harish Kadam)

The Air Intelligence Unit of the Mumbai Customs, with the assistance of Sahar Police Station, on Sunday arrested two Kenyan nationals who were trying to smuggle 22 kg gold in the city from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

First, officers of AIU A Batch intercepted a crew member of Kenyan Airlines who had arrived in the city by flight KQ 210 yesterday.

A total of 156 gold biscuits, weighing approximately 22826.5 grams (22.8 kg), were recovered from the Kenyan national identified as Abdalla Ali.

The accused had concealed the gold, worth an estimated Rs 6.37 crore, in specially made kneecaps and waist belt and worn it under his trousers. The gold was seized and the crew member was placed under arrest.

Abdalla also revealed the identity of his accomplice, Ibrahim Ali Hussein, who had arrived to collect the gold. He was later arrested from his hotel with help from Sahar police.

Both accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Customs Act and further investigation into the case is underway.

Last week, AIU officials had arrested a passenger carrying an assortment of foreign currency worth Rs 1.25 crore. He had arrived in the city from Hong Kong.

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