NAGAPATTINAM: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) personnel seized 8.5 kg of gold bars from a Chennai-bound Multi-Utility Vehicle (MUV) near the Sirkazhi taluk of the district on Tuesday.
The DRI sleuths have detained two youths charged with the offence.
According to Customs officials, acting on a tip-off, the DRI sleuths from Thoothukudi in a vehicle inspection activity near the Melasalai village situated in Sirkazhi taluk intercepted a Maruti Ertiga bearing the registration plate TN-04-AK-6125 under suspicious circumstances.
On inspecting the vehicle which was heading towards Chennai on Tuesday noon, the DRI sleuths retrieved the gold bars concealed in the boot of the car.
The occupants of the car were identified as Mohammed Fazil (25) of Chennai and Yasar Arafat (20), hailing from Paramakudi town in Ramanathapuram district.
They were detained by the DRI personnel and interrogated at the Nagapattinam Customs office.
Inquiry with the duo revealed that the confiscated vehicle was used for smuggling gold bars.
Sources said that the vehicle was heading towards Chennai from Karaikal town and the seized gold bars were valued at `2.3 crore.
The detained youths were produced before the judicial magistrate court II at Nagapattinam and were remanded under judicial custody on Tuesday evening.