Customs detectives recovered gold worth about 1 crore 28 lakh taka during smuggling in cigarette packets at Shah Amanat Airport in Chittagong. This information was confirmed in a notification of the Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation.
According to the notification, a joint operation of customs intelligence and NSI on the basis of intelligence on Friday morning found a packet of cigarettes abandoned on the baggage conveyor belt of a flight from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Later, when the package was brought to the customs baggage counter at the airport and opened, it contained 14 pieces of gold bars specially wrapped with silver colored scotch tape.
Each gold bar weighs 116 grams. Later, the bars were checked by a goldsmith recognized by the Bangladesh Jewelery Association (BAJUS) to confirm that they were made of 24 carat gold.
According to the notification, the combined weight of the gold bars is 1 kg 600 grams. Their market value is about 1 crore 28 lakh 16 thousand taka.
Preparations are underway to conduct legal proceedings in this regard.