3.44 kg gold smuggled in paste form

Officials of the Customs Air Intelligence Unit here on Sunday intercepted eight passengers who arrived from Colombo by a Sri Lankan Airlines flight on suspicion that they had smuggled gold concealing it in their person or in their baggage.

Investigation led to the recovery of 3.44 kilograms of brownish yellow coloured substance in paste form and concealed in the rectum of the eight passengers.

Subsequent examination of the recovered substance resulted in the segregation of gold of 24 carat purity totally weighing 2.032 kilograms valued at Rs. 62.50 lakh.

Customs sources said the eight passengers had camouflaged gold in paste form and concealed it in their rectum to avoid detection.

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