HYDERABAD: A man carrying 1.2 kg of gold in his rectum was intercepted by officials at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Shamshabad on Sunday.
They found a further 800 gm of gold in the LED lamps he was carrying in his bags.
This form of smuggling is called body packing. Body packing or body stuffing is a way to deliver contraband across international borders in the form of packages hidden in anatomical cavities such as the mouth, rectum, intestine, ear and vagina. As much as one kg of drugs or gold bars divided into several packs can be concealed in body cavities.
The passenger landed at the Shamshabad airport at around 1 am Sunday from Singapore by a Tiger Airways flight (TR 2624). Officers of the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) had prior information about this passenger and intercepted him as soon as he landed.
“The 20 gold bars he was trying to smuggle are worth about Rs 59.1 lakh," an AIU official said.
The passenger has been detained by the officials at the airport for questioning.