Mumbai, Feb 7: Smuggling has become a global issue and each day authorities at major arrival points of the country fight with them so that nothing illegal either gets in or goes out. Major airports are one of the favourite destinations where smugglers try to cash their costly item. In a latest incident, Air Intelligence Unit of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport caught a person with 26 gold bars weighing approx 3.031 kilograms and 18 gold bangles weighing 198 grams.

The AIU officials have mentioned that the gold bars are worth of Rs 75,10,485 and the bangles cost another Rs 4,90,622 in the international market. Though the identity of the smuggler is yet to be declared, the intelligence unit have taken the smuggler into custody and are investigating the matter. (ALSO READ: BSF kills 4 drug smugglers in Punjab; 2 Pakistani among the eliminated miscreants)

This is not the first time that alert personnel have saved national worth, previously too in Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 4.65 kg gold and detained two persons including a passenger on charge of smuggling the yellow metal. According to an estimate, 4.65 kg gold — worth over Rs. 1.2 crore — was concealed in cigarette packs and was handed to a person in the airport by a passenger who landed from Dubai. Both the duo were arrested and are under custody.