Navi Mumbai-resident nabbed while attempting to smuggle 22kg gold worth 6.7 crore
A Navi Mumbai-resident was arrested while attempting to smuggle 22 kg of gold worth Rs 6.7 crore at Mumbai International Airport earlier this week.
According to reports, the passenger, Joginder Singh, had arrived from Dubai on Tuesday. Although Singh had opted to take the green channel, he was intercepted by customs officials on the basis of profiling.
Upon searching him, officials recovered a total of 44 gold bars weighing 500 grams each. The bars, worth an estimated Rs 6.7 crore, were concealed in pouches in his innerwear.
During questioning, the 64-year-old told cops that he wanted to make a quick buck as he had suffered heavy loss in his spare part business. Although he claimed to be a carrier for a smuggler, cops suspected his direct involvement in the crime.
They subsequently raided his house in Kopar Khairane, from where Rs 1.5 crore cash was reportedly recovered. Singh admitted that the funds were profit acquired from gold smuggling.
Singh was later booked and placed under arrest. He will be produced before a court today.