BENGALURU: Gold smugglers often adopt innovative ways to deceive customs sleuths at Kempegowda International Airport. On Tuesday, two attempts to smuggle in 1.1kg of gold worth over lakh — one where the yellow metal was crafted as components of door locks and the other where it was carried in paste form inside a passenger’s underwear — were foiled at KIA. Sources with the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Bangalore customs said their team carried out profiling of passengers who disembarked from Gulf Air flight GF 282 (Bahrain to Bengaluru) that landed at KIA at 3.55am. Following suspicion, customs officials intercepted a male passenger who was later identified as a 50-year-old from Uttar Pradesh. He had travelled from Saudi Arabia. After questioning him, the team inspected his check-in luggage to find door locks. On dismantling them, they found six gold biscuits worth Rs 18. 7 lakh. The suspect carried the gold inside the locks, assuming customs officials would clear them as hardware items as some components were painted in golden colour.Lear More
Police arrested three men and seized smuggled cigarettes and tobacco, worth RM1.8 million, in an operation at Seri Kembangan here last Thursday.
Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order director Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, in a statement today, said the suspects were aged between 38 and 50.
The seized items comprised 190 boxes of cigarettes with the brand name, League, and 40 boxes of raw tobacco, each weighing 22kg, on which tax had not been paid, he said.
He said the police also seized two lorries and a Toyota Hilux during the operation.
Acryl Sani said the contraband was believed to have been smuggled from a neighbouring country by land for markets in the Klang Valley and southern part of the peninsula. — BernamaLear More
Police arrested three men and seized smuggled cigarettes and tobacco, worth RM1.8 million, in an operation at Seri Kembangan here last Thursday. Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order director Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, in a statement today, said the suspects were aged between 38 and 50. The seized items comprised 190 boxes of cigarettes with the brand name, League, and 40 boxes of raw tobacco, each weighing 22kg, on which tax had not been paid, he said. He said the police also seized two lorries and a Toyota Hilux during the operation. Acryl Sani said the contraband was believed to have been smuggled from a neighbouring country by land for markets in the Klang Valley and southern part of the peninsula. — BernamaLear More
A Malaysian man has been sentenced to five years in prison for an attempt to smuggle more than six million cigarettes into Australia, in alleged duty evasion of more than $4 million. Australian Border Force said the cigarettes, which originated from Malaysia, were concealed within sophisticated cover loads. The smugglers were caught on 10 August 2017, when three Malaysian nationals were found in two factories unpacking the tobacco. All three were subsequently arrested and charged under the Customs Act 1901, with possession of tobacco products, knowing that the goods were imported with the intention of defrauding revenue. They were convicted and sentenced to between 16–24 months imprisonment for their involvement in the importations.Lear More
Lucknow, Feb 22 () Uttar Pradesh Minister Brijesh Pathak Friday extended his support and cooperation to the industry’s efforts to curb smuggling and counterfeiting activities.
Pathak, who holds portfolios of justice, legislative, conventional energy sources and political pension, urged the industry to come out with a set of recommendations, which will be ‘duly considered while designing the future policies.’ “I congratulate this initiative to curb the menace of smuggling and counterfeiting activities, which is destroying economy, and extend my support in working collaboratively with the industry body,” he said while addressing a seminar organised by FICCI CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy) here. “If adequate and necessary support from the general public is received, the government will be better equipped to fight the hazards of smuggling and counterfeiting and make new law on the subject,” he said.
More than 30,000 pieces of counterfeit goods worth Dh65,810 were seized by the Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD). The confiscated fake items included 24,634 air bag covers, 5,508 emblems for automobile companies and 44 front headers for cars. The crackdown comes following a slew of complaints made by trademark owners and as part of the department’s efforts to monitor the market while confronting all negative phenomena as well as violations. Sultan Abdullah bin Hadda Al Suwaidi, SEDD chairman, said that the department is committed to protect the market in the emirate from harmful goods and prevent circulation of counterfeits. Commercial frauds to achieve material gains at the cost of endangering people’s safety will not be tolerated at all, he pointed out. The department will carry out more campaigns to banish all traders who try to make quick and illegal profits so people don’t buy unsafe products, he said.Lear More
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) here destroyed Saturday over P4.4 million worth of tobacco products which were recently confiscated from a commercial vessel that arrived here from Jolo, Sulu.
BOC Zamboanga City District Collector Segundo Z. Barte, Jr. said Friday BOC personnel partially destroyed the 142 cases of imported cigarettes worth P4,409,000 million.
“I ordered our police and some BOC personnel to soaked last Friday all the confiscated imported cigar and cigarettes products in used diesel oil and it is now considered pre-condemned. The official condemnation shall follow after receipt of the approval from BOC Manila,” Barte said.
Barte ordered the pre-condemnation of the seized contraband after BOC issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention for violation of Executive Order No. 245, titled Amended Rules and Regulations Governing the Exportation and Importation of Leaf Tobacco and Tobacco Products and Section 117 of RA 10863 in relation to Section 1113 par. (f) and (g) of CMTA.Lear More
An organised crime syndicate that imported and distributed illicit tobacco in Sydney has been smashed following the discovery of 1.87 million cigarettes and 12 tonnes of loose leaf tobacco worth nearly $16 million. The haul, discovered on February 3 in a container from China labelled as carrying “beverages and toilet paper” led to multiple warrants being executed in the city’s west and two men being charged, the Australian Border Force says. Two men, aged 46 and 49, have been charged, with the maximum penalty for tobacco smuggling 10 years in jail and/or a fine of up to five times the amount of duty evaded.
A joint team led by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Investigation and Intelligence Service has confiscated 158 boxes of smuggled cigarettes with an estimated value of P11 million in Zamboanga City pier, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said. The team conducted the anti-smuggling operation on board M/V Kristel Jane 3 for allegedly carrying large quantities of smuggled tobacco products from Jolo, Sulu province, Saturday, February 9. “Operation resulted to the discovery and eventually confiscation of 158 boxes of smuggled cigarettes concealed inside the vessel’s engine room which emanated from Sandakan, Malaysia,” PCG said in a statement. The seized boxes were brought to BOC-District Zamboanga, Port Area, Zamboanga City for safekeeping prior disposition process.Lear More
Hong Kong customs seize US$16.7 million of smuggled goods including drugs, ivory, shark fins, cigarettes and frozen meat in Lunar New Year raids.
Hong Kong customs seized HK$130 million (US$16.7 million) worth of items in an almost month-long effort to tackle cross-border smuggling ahead of and during the Lunar New Year. During a 27 day operation, which started on January 14 and ended on February 9, customs arrested 1,203 people in connection with about 1,300 smuggling cases. Goods from suspected endangered species, including pangolin scales, ivory tusks and products, red sandalwood logs, orchids and controlled shark fins, with an estimated value of about HK$73 million (US$9.4 million), accounted for 146 cases. Raids uncovered 61 drug smuggling cases, resulting in the arrest of 28 people and the seizure of about 130kg (287 pounds) of suspected illegal drugs with an estimated market value of HK$22 million (US$2.8 million). The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized smuggled, foreign-origin cigarettes worth ₹17 crore on February 5 and arrested two people involved in a cigarette-smuggling racket. According to DRI officials, this is one of the largest cigarette seizures in recent times. Acting on a tip-off, DRI officials intercepted a 40-feet container at a godown in Taloja, in Navi Mumbai, on Tuesday. The container was from Dubai and its destination was Aurangabad inland container depot (ICD). Inside, 650 master cartons were recovered, containing clove cigarettes of the Indonesian brand Gudang Garam. When the DRI team raided the godown, the cigarettes were being replaced with declared cargo (wash basins). The market value of the seized cigarettes is estimated at ₹17 crore. Gudang Garam is a popular brand among Indian smokers, according to the DRI. In October 2017, the agency seized ₹6.92 crore worth Gudang Garam cigarettes. During the raid, officials arrested Ranjay Kumar and Rajeev Kumar, and detained two others for questioning.Lear More