Desperate times call for desperate measures. Customs officials at the city airport are seeing this adage being put into practice by gold smugglers too often. And they seem to be responding to the new challenge quite efficiently.
What has surprised them is the way syndicates are trying sneak in gold. Apart from biscuits and bars, people involved in illegal gold trade are also bringing in the precious metal in smaller quantities and sizes to hoodwink security agencies.
On Monday, officials intercepted a passenger, who had stuffed gold inside refills of inexpensive ball pens. The quantity was 116 gms, much smaller as compared to their earlier hauls.
“Nowadays gold is cut into smaller pieces and that makes it more difficult to detect,” said additional commissioner (airport customs) Milind Lanjewar.