Kenyan women held smuggled gold worth INR 19.15 Cr  Mumbai News
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Kenyan women held smuggled gold worth INR 19.15 Cr Mumbai News

Mumbai: The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the customs department arrested two Kenyan women at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, in which they managed to recover 32 kilograms of gold worth 19.15 crores.

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By hiding gold in their underwear and luggage, the women aroused suspicion after arriving from Nairobi. AIU officials, acting on point profiling, intercepted them separately. One woman carried 11 kilograms and the other 21 kilograms of gold. The seized 22-carat gold consisted of 28 bars and 70 pieces, with a total weight of 32.79 kg. Investigation revealed that the arrested persons were Kenyan nationals and were being used as transporters by an international gold smuggling syndicate. It turned out that they had connections in Mumbai. “We are investigating their travel history to determine whether they have been involved in previous gold smuggling incidents or if this is their first crime. Moreover, we are trying to trace their contact in Mumbai to whom they intended to deliver the smuggled gold,” the official said. Both were arrested under the Customs Act, brought before a court and placed in judicial custody, a customs officer said.

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