A man was detained at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to smuggle US$34,500, hiding it in the false bottom of his candy boxes.
“On June 1, at approximately 12:25 p.m., based on behavior detection, CISF surveillance and intelligence personnel noticed suspicious activity by a passenger in the check-in area near row “J “, IGI Airport Terminal-3. The passenger was later identified as Ravi Kumar (Indian) who was to fly to Dubai on Air India Express Airlines Flight No. IX-141 (STD 13:30)”, CISF said.
Suspected, he was diverted to a random checkpoint for a thorough check of his luggage. While checking her purse through the X-BIS machine, foreign currency hidden in the “false bottom” of some gift-wrapped candy boxes was noticed.
Subsequently, the passenger was allowed to complete the check-in formalities and was closely monitored by physical and electronic measures. The case was also brought to the attention of senior CISF officials and customs officials.
As the passenger went through check-in and immigration formalities, he was intercepted by CISF surveillance and intelligence personnel. The passenger and his handbag were taken to the customs office of departure, where during a physical check, 15 gift boxes of sweets/spices were noticed inside his luggage.
Upon close examination of the boxes, it was noticed that “False Bottom” was created in the boxes and the US dollars were hidden to avoid detection. In total, 30,000 US dollars were detected in the false bottom of the bonbonnieres.
While checking his wallet, 4,500 US dollars were found inside the wallet. Upon request, he could not produce valid documents to transport such a quantity of foreign currency.
The passenger along with the detected US$34,500 worth approximately Rs 27 lakh was handed over to customs officers for further action on the matter.
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