A man’s “suspicious” behaviour aroused the suspicions of Indian airport staff and he was later almost 1kilograms of gold worth over S$76,000.
The man boarded an Air Arabia flight to the city of Jaipur in India yesterday (April 23).
Airport officials conducted a check on the man and found gold that was wrapped in capsules and hidden away at the man’s bum.
Investigations revealed that inside those capsules were granules of gold.
“The 791 gram gold of 99.50% purity valued at Rs 42,79,310 (about S$76,700) was extracted and was seized,” the airport official said.
Since 2013, the illegal smuggling of gold into India to meet this demand has seen a resurgence as a result of the central government rescinding its customs duty cap, which has significantly increased the costs associated with legitimate imports to the point where prices are inflated by around 20% per ounce in tax alone.