It has become a regular affair in the state of Goa as every other day someone is getting caught while carrying Gold or foreign currency at the Goa’s lone airport situated at Dabolim in south Goa. In one of the recent case that came into the light, a foreign national woman was detained at the Goa airport on Monday for allegedly carrying gold paste worth over Rs. 18 lakh, a senior customs official said.
According to the news published by NDTV a foreign national woman whose identity is not revealed, was caught by the customs officer while she was in process of smuggling the Gold Paste worth Rs. 18 lakh.
The Customs Commissioner R Manohar has revealed that the said lady was carrying the gold hidden in a pocket of her pants. Based on intelligence inputs, officials arrested the woman after she arrived at the Dabolim International Airport in Panaji from Dubai, aboard an Air India flight.
The sources revealed that the officials seized around 600 grams of gold in a semi-solid form which is valued at Rs. 18 lakh. “The gold paste was kept in a transparent polythene packet, concealed in a pocket specially created for the purpose, he said.
Since April last year, the Goa Customs officials have seized gold worth Rs 236.5 lakh and foreign currencies with a face value to Rs 67.5 lakh from international passengers at the Dabolim airport.
It has become evident that the smuggling of Gold and foreign currency is on rising and that is taking place more on the flights coming down from Dubai and other middle east countries.