Gold smuggling
The smuggled foreign origin gold recovered from a specially made cavity at the rear bottom of a Ford Eco Sport car. Image credit – Northeast Now

The officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Guwahati Zonal Unit, have seized 18.5 kg of smuggled foreign origin gold.

During the latest operation, carried out by the DRI officials on specific intelligence inputs, two persons have been apprehended on charges of being involved in gold smuggling.

Sources said, “Acting on specific intelligence, the DRI officers of Guwahati recovered 18.5 kgs of foreign origin smuggled gold from a specially made cavity at the rear bottom of a Ford Eco Sport car with registration no AS-BS-3330.”

“Two persons have been apprehended in the operation,” sources added.

Sources also informed that the market price of the seized smuggled gold would be Rs 7.3 crore.

“There were a total of 112 pieces of gold and each of the piece weighed 166 gms,” sources added.

In the last week of October last year, the DRI officials of Guwahati Zone Unit intercepted two ten-wheeler trucks near a godown at Nalapara in Guwahati and seized 32,04,000 sticks of smuggled cigarettes of foreign origin.

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Further search in the godown also led to recovery of 6,000 kg of foreign origin black pepper.

Dr T. Yhome, Assistant Director, DRI, Guwahati Zonal Unit, in a statement had said that “the goods had been smuggled into India through the porous Indo-Myanmar border town of Moreh in Manipur and was carried to Guwahati and stockpiled here”.

The entire consignment of cigarettes of Korean and Indonesian origin valued at Rs 5,59,98,000 was seized along with 6000 Kg of black pepper.

The total value of the seized items is Rs 6.09 crore.

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