COIMBATORE: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) have seized 2.6kg of gold, worth Rs 1.15 crore, from two passengers at Coimbatore International Airport. The seized gold was in paste form.
A few weeks ago, the DRI personnel received a tip-off regarding gold smuggling that is to be carried out by a gang based in Dubai through the Coimbatore airport. Since then, DRI officials led by deputy director G Satish were on high alert.
A couple of weeks ago, an Air India Express flight — that was operated under ‘Vandhe Bharat Mission’ — from Dubai landed in Coimbatore. While monitoring the passengers, the personnel questioned a couple, who were natives of Palladam in Tirupur district. The couple had completed their immigration, medical and customs formalities, according to officials.
“As their answers were not convincing and appeared nervous, they were subjected to personal searches. The officials recovered three packets that were stitched on to their inner garments. The packets contained 2.6 kg of gold in paste form,” the official said.Lear More
SONGKHLA: A large quantity of illegal cosmetic products were seized in a search of a house on Withi Santi road in tambon Bang Phru of in Hat Yai district on Wednesday morning.
Police and health officials were acting on information the house was used for the production and packaging of cosmetic products for an unregistered brand.
The search was conducted by Thung Lung police and officials led by Wilaiwan Sakrin, chief of the consumer protection section of the Songkhla Public Health Office.
They seized containers with four kinds of cream for skin whitening and eradicating skin blemishes, cream jars and boxes.
The seized items, worth about 2 million baht on the street, filled 60 cardboard boxes. They were loaded on a truck and taken to Thung Lung police station for further legal proceedings.Lear More
POLICE in Bulawayo have smashed what appears to have been a well-orchestrated fake foreign currency manufacturing racket, arresting a teenage girl and her boyfriend who were allegedly printing the counterfeit money. Police expect to make more arrests as they say the syndicate could involve more people.
During a raid at a house where the couple stayed in North End, police recovered an assortment of fake high denominations of US dollars and South African Rand stashed under a mattress.
Police suspect that several unsuspecting people could have fallen prey to the fraudsters. One of suspects, Chantelle Sibalwa (18) was arrested while trying to use a fake US$100 bill to buy a box of chicken at a local food outlet.
She led investigators to her boyfriend, Onesmus Zimunya (33)’s house where US$2 265 and R1 700 in fake money, an HP Diskjet printer, bond paper, rulers and razor blades allegedly used in the commission of the crime were recovered. It is suspected the fraudsters could have been changing the fake money for real currency by buying stuff and getting change.Lear More
The Chennai Air Customs Gold seized gold foils weighing 1.45 kilograms and worth Rs 78.4 lakh on Saturday. The smuggled gold, which came in unaccompanied baggage from Dubai, was concealed between layers of cardboard boxes that contained toys and bedsheets. The passenger, who hails from Kallakurichi in Tamil Nadu, was arrested.
The arrested passenger was working as an electrician in Dubai and had lost his job because of COVID-19. He had returned to the country recently.
According to Customs, a passenger who had arrived from Dubai earlier, had come to the customs section on Saturday for the clearance of his personal household goods, which had arrived by IndiGo Airlines Flight 6E 9480 as unaccompanied baggage. On opening the carton boxes, they found bedspread and toy boxes, among other items. The bedspread was wrapped around a cardboard sheet, which appeared to be unusually heavy.
On tearing the cardboard sheet, gold foil, wrapped in carbon paper, was found concealed between the two layers of cardboard sheet. Similarly, cardboard sheets were found in all the toy boxes as well. On tearing open the sheets, gold foils wrapped in carbon paper were found concealed inside two cardboard sheets.Lear More
A historic crackdown on counterfeit golf equipment seized 120,000 pieces of fake product bearing brand names such as Titleist, TaylorMade, PXG, PING, Callaway and XXIO after police in China simultaneously raided 10 locations in four different cities this week.
The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group, also known as the Golf Group, announced the successful raids against the online product sellers. The joint operation, conducted with assistance from the Golf Group, was carried out by more than 100 Shanghai Police offers as well as local police in the Guangdong and Fujian Provinces in China.
Counterfeit products confiscated in the raids include golf clubs, club heads, shafts, grips, bags, labels and more, making it the largest crackdown against online counterfeit golf sellers ever conducted in China. The entire network was completely uprooted, from the manufacturer of club heads, and the shaft and grip suppliers to owners of assembling workshops, shipping centers, and online chat rooms. A total of 15 suspects were detained and later arrested.Lear More
Delhi Police has arrested a liquor smuggler and recovered 3,000 quarters of illicit liquor from his car. During the course of investigation, the accused Hari Chand disclosed that he works as a driver for Sandeep Pehlwan who asked him to transport the said liquor from Suraj Kund, Faridabad to Baghpat, UP. He used to earn Rs 25,000 monthly for this work.
A sticker of the Income-Tax Department was pasted on the car by Sandeep. An identity card of civil defence in Sandeep’s name was also given to him. The accused Hari Chand disclosed that he used to show this ID card of civil defence whenever he was checked at pickets, etc.
In the continuing action against the liquor smugglers, teams were constituted to curb the menace. During the intervening night of August 19-20, a dedicated team were checking vehicles near Crown Plaza picket. At about 11 pm, a Toyota Corolla car was seen coming from the Tughlakabad side. The police team signalled the car driver to stop the vehicle but rather than slowing down, he sped up the car. However, the alert police staff intercepted the car with the help of barricades. Instead of opening the car door, the driver tried to flee by putting the car in back gear. However, the police staff broke the car’s window and apprehended the driver.Lear More
SOUTH African police (SAPS) have arrested six men believed to be Zimbabweans after they intercepted haulage trucks that were carrying cigarettes worth millions of rands that had been smuggled across the border from this country.
The suspects were arrested after a joint intelligence operation by the SAPS and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg.
The cigarettes included brands such as Remington Gold, Chelsea, Royal Express and Premium.
In a statement SAPS said: “Six suspects were arrested after the integrated team discovered the suspects in the process of loading boxes of illicit cigarettes onto a number of trucks, which were allegedly going to be dispatched to a destination yet to be confirmed.”
“Preliminary reports suggest that the crime scene at an industrial site in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, was being used as a distribution point where alleged traders and in this case, the six arrested suspects, would collect the illicit cargo for further distribution and sales.”Lear More
SINGAPORE – More than 5,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were found hidden under a Malaysian-registered lorry at Tuas Checkpoint last Thursday (Aug 13).
The lorry’s driver, a 47-year-old Malaysian, has been charged in court. The duty evaded for the cigarettes amounted to $429,310, and the goods and services tax evaded was $34,760.
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers had spotted something suspicious about the exterior of the lorry, which was carrying a consignment of precast concrete. They then pried open a small section of the lorry bed, revealing 5,026 cartons and 10 packets of assorted duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in it.
The case was handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigation, said ICA on Tuesday.
ICA said it will continue to conduct security checks at checkpoints to prevent attempts to smuggle undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contraband goods across Singapore’s borders.Lear More
Liquor smuggling racket busted in Bihar! Courier company used cover of transporting sanitizer bottles to dodge police
The Bihar excise department has busted a gang which was booking alcohol bottles via a courier company to make deliveries in the dry state. According to Shailendra Kumar, an excise department official, this is the first time when a courier company has been found involved in smuggling of alcohol in the state.
Kumar said that to dodge the police, the courier company was smuggling alcohol in the name of transporting sanitizer bottles. This, he said, was being done cleverly to circumvent police scrutiny.
The courier company was involved in delivering alcohol bottles across the state, reports said.
The gang was involved in smuggling alcohol bottles for the past months. Police have arrested one person in connection with the case.
The excise department said that the courier company’s office in Malsalami area of Patna was raided by officials. The officials seized eight cartons of alcohol (nearly 170 litres) from the office.
This was not the first time when the excise department has busted a gang involved in liquor smuggling in the state. The menace of liquor smuggling has become a cause of concern for the police and the government. Smugglers have been innovating new methods to dodge officials since the government banned sale and consumption of liquor in the state on April 5, 2016.Lear More
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized gold bars worth around Rs 14 crore on Saturday. Three men, all residents of Maharastra, have been arrested with the gold bars that had been smuggled into India from Myanmar.
The trio had been carrying 160 gold bars, weighing around 26.5kg, hidden in custom-made waist belts, to Delhi. The DRI sources said they acted on a tip-off and raided the Brahmaputra Mail as the train reached the New Jalpaiguri station. The train had been headed for Delhi from Northeast.
Those arrested have been identified as Saurav Samarao Sikhandey, Sandip Thappa Naraley and Sasikant Tanhaji Fute.
“A team of the DRI conducted the raid and intercepted the three men, who were then taken to the DRI office from the railway station. As they were searched, the gold bars were found in specially made waist belts that all three had been wearing. They had taken the train from Northeast and were smuggling the gold to Delhi. It seems that they are associated with a gold smuggling racket,” said Tridip Saha, the lawyer representing the DRI.