KOCHI: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) intercepted four passengers who arrived at the airport with 5.2kg of compound gold from Dubai on Sunday.
After extraction, 4.05kg of gold worth D2.12 crore was recovered. The arrested are Mohammed Kunju Mahin of Malappuram, Muhammed Arjas of Kozhikode, Shamsudheen of Kozhikode and Kamal Mohaideen of Tamil Nadu.
“The DRI intercepted the accused who were trying to exit the airport via green channel. All of them were wearing knee caps in which packets containing compound form gold was concealed,” said DRI sources.Lear More
Customs officials at the Chennai International Airport seized US $18,600 from a Dubai-bound passenger, who had concealed the bills in his innerwear and cigarette packet.
According to officials, the passenger, 26-year old Syed Ali from Chennai, was intercepted after clearing immigration formalities at the departure terminal. He was bound for Dubai via Air India Express Flight.
On frisking, three bundles wrapped with black adhesive tape were recovered from his underwear. The bundles contained US $15,600 and a cigarette packet in his handbag contained US $3,000.
Total of US $18,600 in denomination of US $100 bills, equivalent to Rs. 13.7 lakh were recovered and seized under Customs Act 1962 r/w F.E.M. (Export and Import of Currency) Regulations, 2015.
Earlier on October 20, based on intelligence on gold smuggling, Customs officials in Chennai seized gold paste of 24K purity, weighing 842 grams, valued at Rs 44.4 lakh, from two passengers who had returned from Dubai.Lear More
Various fake and smuggled cigarettes and machines used in manufacturing counterfeit cigarettes were recently destroyed by the Bureau of Customs.
A total of 2,305 reams of smuggled cigarettes branded as Marvel, Two Moon, Mighty and Astro and machines used to create counterfeit cigarettes and cigarette packaging were destroyed at a rendering facility in Porac, Pampanga on October 19.
The items, worth P21 million, which were seized at the Port of Manila were destroyed through dismantling, crushing, and shredding.
Port of Manila District Collector Michael Angelo DC Vargas said that the port “shall actively conduct condemnation and auction proceedings in line with the guidance of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to ensure that seized items shall no longer be used.”
The condemnation was conducted through the Auction and Cargo Disposal Division (ACDD), Enforcement and Security Service Quick Reaction Team (ESS-QRT) and the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS).Lear More
KUCHING: The Sarawak General Operations Force (GOF) today announced crippling cigarette and alcohol smuggling activities, as well as an illegal logging activity involving an overall seizure worth RM723,485.60.
Sarawak GOF Commander SAC Mancha Ata in a statement said the successful operations were carried out in Engkelili, Sibu and Marudi under ‘Ops Libas’ between Oct 19 and 21.
“The first operation was carried out on Oct 19, at 1.00 pm at a house at No 115, Jelukong in Engkilili (about 211km from here) which was suspected to be used as a storage facility for contraband goods,” he said.
The raid at the premises found 13 brown boxes containing 650 cartons of illicit white cigarettes of various brands.
“The seized items amounting to RM97,500 (including tax) was handed over to the Lubok Antu district police for further action under Section 135 (1) (D) of the Customs Act 1967,” he said.
In the second operation on Oct 19, Mancha said a team from the 10th Battalion of GOF in Sibu raided a logging site at Batu 40, Jalan Sibu-Selangau, about 464km from here, and seized an excavator, a bulldozer and 40 timber logs believed to have been cut down illegally in the area.
According to him, a man who claimed to be the owner of the excavator and bulldozer was arrested after he failed to produce relevant documents authorising him to carry out logging activities in the area.Lear More
Chennai: The Customs Air Intelligence Unit officials have seized 864 grams of 24K pure gold from four passengers who had landed in the city from Dubai.
According to officials, they had received intelligence of possible gold smuggling on Tuesday night.
Subsequently, four passengers hailing from Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu – Sirajideen Jafar, 27, Anish Rahman, 24, Sathakathulla, 24 and Sahubar Ali, 39, who had arrived via an Air India Express Flight IX 1644 from Dubai were intercepted.
On persistent questioning, they are said to have confessed on carrying bundles of gold paste concealed in the rectum.
17 bundles of gold paste were recovered after frisking. On extraction, 864 grams of gold valued at Rs. 45.4 lakhs was recovered from the gold paste and was seized under the Customs Act, 1962.Lear More
Customs officials in Chennai have busted a unique modus operandi of gold smuggling, by seizing gold hidden in vaseline containers and hair gel tubes. In two cases, a total of 635 grams of gold valued at Rs. 33.3 lakhs or USD 45,429 was recovered and seized under the Customs Act.
In the first case, based on intelligence, Jinka Sudhakara, who had arrived from Kuwait via flight KU 1343 was intercepted on suspicion of carrying gold. Examination of his checked-in baggage revealed two small plastic containers of Vaseline(petroleum jelly). On further inspection, 16 gold cut bits were recovered from the jelly. 365 grams of gold valued at Rs. 19.14 lakhs was recovered and seized.
Later, Thamimun Ansari, who arrived from Dubai by Air India Express Flight IX 1644 was intercepted at the exit and his baggage was checked. Among his personal belongings, nine hair gel tubes with the branding ‘Well New Wave’ were found to be unusually heavy. On being cut open, the tubes were found to contain a golden brown, thick paste, suspected to be gold in paste form. On extraction, 270 grams of gold valued at Rs.14.16 lakhs was recovered.Lear More
ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized about 360 master cases of smuggled cigarettes with an estimated market value of P11 million off the coast of Tabina town in Zamboanga del Sur and reportedly bound for delivery and distribution in Pagadian City.
BOC- Zamboanga City District Collector Segundo Z. Barte Jr. said the Zamboanga Peninsula Inter-Agency on Anti-Smuggling (ZPIAonAS) team led by Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) intercepted the delivery of the P10.8 million contraband on Friday, Oct. 9.
Barte said the smuggled and imported cigarettes came from Sulu province on board F/B Normay and were scheduled for delivery to a certain Asul in Pagadian City when authorities were able to intercept the shipment off the coast of Tabina town.
Representatives from Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Inc. also witnessed the seizure of the contraband that included the fake brands of “Fort,” “New Far,” “San Marino,” “Royal,” and “Astro.”Lear More
Revenue officers seized an estimated €15,000 worth of smuggled cigarettes at Cork airport yesterday after routine profiling.
21,900 cigarettes were discovered in the carry on luggage of two people arriving on a flight from Gdansk in Poland.
Branded L&M and Marlboro Gold, the smuggled cigarettes represent a potential loss of €11,650 to the Exchequer.
In a statement this morning, Revenue said the seizure is part of ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the sale and supply of illegal tobacco products.
They are encouraging members of the public or businesses with information about smuggling or the sale of illegal cigarettes or tobacco to contact them in confidence on Freephone 1800 295 295.
Investigations into yesterday’s seizure are ongoing.Lear More
PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur –– A team from the Philippine Navy here seized more than 300 master cases of smuggled cigarettes estimated to be worth P10.8 million aboard a fishing boat that sailed here from Sulu, a navy officer said.
Commander Jowel de Vera, chief of the BRP Jose Loor of the Philippine Navy, said the fishing boat “Normay” loaded with 308 master cases of smuggled cigarettes had been intercepted on the seas off the coastline of Tabina town in this province on Thursday evening.
He said the fishing boat that came from Sulu was apprehended while in transit to this city to deliver the items.
Michael Lanza, operations officer of the Bureau of Customs in Region 9, said the seized items had been so far the largest to be confiscated in the region’s intensified campaign against smuggled cigarettes.
He said the National Bureau of Investigation also apprehended on May 28 an earlier batch of 15 master cases of smuggled cigarettes in Pitogo town of Zamboanga del Sur.
“They [smugglers] have become so daring on (their attempts to smuggle the items through the) seas despite the knowledge that authorities are on an intensified campaign along the borders,” he said.Lear More
Chennai:More than three kg of smuggled gold worth ₹ 1.64 crore have been seized including from some air passengers who arrived at Dubai at the airport by the customs department personnel in the last two days.
The seizure also included ”unclaimed” gold bars concealed and abandoned under the seat of an aircraft which arrived from Dubai, a Customs press release said.
The department officials, on suspicion, intercepted some passengers who arrived separately on Wednesday and Tuesday and recovered the precious metal in paste form concealed in rectum and the inner wear.
In total, 3.15 kg of gold worth ₹ 1.64 crore had been seized and two passengers arrested in this connection, the release said.Lear More