Commissioners of Customs Preventive intercepts smuggle of foreign gold worth Rs 1 cr; 3 held

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Shillong: Three persons were arrested in Shillong for their involvement in smuggling gold of foreign origin worth over Rs 1 crore.

Acting on specific information that a sizable quantity of gold of foreign origin smuggled through the Indo-Bangladesh borders of Meghalaya would be carried in a car to Guwahati, officers of commissioners of customs preventive (CCP) Shillong intercepted a Mahindra XUV 500 car in the early morning of September 23, at Jhalupara, Shillong.

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The car had one occupant who was based in Rangia in Assam, though originally from West Bengal.

On interrogation, he confessed that smuggled gold of foreign origin was in his possession.

Thereafter, 14 pieces of gold, which were packed in two plastic pouches, were recovered. Total weight was 1632.450 grams valued at Rs 1,01,78,326, the CCP said in a statement.

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It said specific details of a middleman who had handed him 7 pieces were gathered and on a swift follow-up action, the officers of CCP intercepted the said person at Jhalupara.

He further revealed that he had collected the gold from a lady at a shop at Bara Bazar in Shillong.

A further operation at the said shop resulted in recovery of Rs 9.5 lakh which is admitted to be sale proceeds of smuggled gold, which was also seized.

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The lady was also interrogated, and it was revealed that the gold was smuggled from the Indo-Bangladesh border.

Three persons have been arrested and further investigation is in progress, the CPP said.

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