NEW DELHI, 10 Sept 2019:
A Malaysian female passenger was arrested at Chennai’s international airport for trying to smuggle gold worth RM133,000.
The woman, aged 40, arrived from Malaysia yesterday and was carrying and 582g of pure gold valued around 2.3 million Indian rupees (RM133,700), according to India’s Air Intelligence Unit.
The passenger was formally arrested this morning under India’s customs laws.
She has been released on bail and police are conducting an investigation, said K. Saravanan, consul-general of Malaysia in Chennai.
This is the third case of a Malaysian national being caught in a smuggling attempt at Chennai in recent weeks.
In August, Indian customs officials arrested a Malaysian woman after they found 12 gold bars weighing 6.5kg in her baggage, and before that, a man was held in an attempt to smuggle diamonds worth RM1.34 million into India.