A passenger who flew from Riyadh to New Delhi was caught trying to smuggle two gold rods in their hand luggage.
Authorities in the Indian capital intercepted the attempt to bring in two rods of gold weighing more than 1.4kg and worth $87,122 (Dh320,000)
The gold was “ingeniously concealed inside the check-in bag,” according to Delhi Airport Customs.
The passenger flew from the Saudi Arabian capital via Dubai on an Emirates flight on Tuesday.
Officials in the past discovered gold rods concealed in the metal frame of wheel-on cases.
In May, customs in Chennai foiled several attempts to smuggle gold on flights from Dubai.
In one attempt, 2.5kg of gold granules worth an estimated Dh600,000 were hidden in four containers of the instant orange drink, Tang.
They arrived in a postal parcel delivered via air freight.
On the same day, the authority recovered bundles of gold paste worth an estimated Dh200,000. The precious metal was hidden in a passenger’s underwear.
A day earlier, authorities in Chennai found 251 grams of gold, worth Dh60,000, hidden in a vacuum cleaner on a flight from Dubai.
There is no limit on the amount of gold a person can export from the UAE, and there are no taxes to be paid when you leave the country.
Passengers arriving into India are not required to pay taxes on small volumes of gold.
But bigger quantities must be declared, with import duty fees equivalent to 10.75 per cent of the gold’s value paid to the Indian government.
Male passengers can take in up to 20 grams of gold worth 50,000 rupees ($688) duty free, while women are allowed 40 grams.
Most brazen smuggling attempts – in pictures
HAIR-RAISING: This spectacularly conspicuous attempt to smuggle 30,000 euros worth of cocaine ended in arrest for this Colombian passenger in July, 2019. The 65-year-old concealed one kilo of the illicit powder by gluing it to his head. He was busted when police noticed the height of his black toupee, when his flight from Bogota landed in Barcelona. Courtesy: Policia Nacional
MASHED: Australian customs foiled this attempt to smuggle the party-drug ecstasy into the country concealed in a Mr Potato Head. Officers at Sydney International Mail Centre cracked open the Toy Story figurine and found 293 grams of the drug in October, 2007. Australian Customs / AFP
PREGNANT PAUSE: Police in Bogata, Colombia arrested this Canadian woman for trying to smuggle 2kg of cocaine on to a Canada-bound flight in September, 2013. The woman pretended to be pregnant and hid the drugs in a latex belly. Colombian Police / AFP
BARE-FACED CHEEK: Portuguese police released this image of multicoloured swim trunks with two brown rubber bags - supposed to look like buttocks - attached. The airline passenger who was wearing them was caught at Lisbon airport, off a flight from Belem in northern Brazil in February 2018. The fake buttocks contained enough cocaine for 5,000 doses. Courtesy: Portuguese national police
TIGHT SQUEEZE: US Customs arrested this Fly Jamaica Airways cabin crew attendant, who was found to have 4 kilos of cocaine strapped to his legs and concealed under tights and trousers. The haul in March 2018, at New York's JFK airport, would have been worth about $160,000 on the street. Courtesy: US Customs and Border Protection
CREAM OF THE CROP: Guatemalan smugglers were found to have scooped out the cream filling of dozens of vanilla wafers and replaced it with wraps of cocaine. US Customs and Border Protection arrested the Guatemalan passenger carrying them at George Bush airport in Houston in April 2015. The nearly 2 kilos of cocaine would have a street value of more than $60,000. US Customs and Border Protection via AP
DRUG RUNNERS: Few airports in the world will let you through security without removing your shoes, due to the threat from terrorism and to tackle drug smuggling. Australian customs discovered nearly half a kilo of heroin in the hollowed out soles of these shoes. AFP
NO HIDING PLACE: This August 2019 picture from the Australian Border Force shows the 755 kilos of methamphetamine that was found hidden under frozen cow hides from Mexico. The crystal meth was wrapped in aluminium foil and sandwiched among 18 pallets of hides that arrived in Sydney aboard a shipping container marked 'Salty Bovine Skin'. Australian Border Force / AFP
FLOORED: A crime technician removes crystal meth wraps from inside hollowed out hardwood flooring at a warehouse in near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in April, 2017. The haul - in total 70 boxes which had been shipped from China - had a street value of $681 million. Courtesy: Australian Federal Police. AFP
FISHY TALE: London-based seafood salesman Gilbert Khoo was jailed by a British court in March, 2020 for smuggling live 'glass eels' to Hong Kong. He was caught with 200kg and the total haul between 2015 and 2017 was worth about $69 million. Courtesy: National Crime Agency
SLIPPERY CUSTOMER: Khoo, pictured holding two pieces of gold, was arrested after Border Force officers seized a consignment at Heathrow Airport, found a prime market for the highly valuable glass eel in East Asia. The delicacy can sell for more than $6,000 per kilo on the black market, Hong Kong media reported. Courtesy: National Crime Agency
THROW THE BOOK AT THEM: Dubai Police released this image of drugs in a hollowed out book. It was part of a consignment of 2 tonnes of drugs of various types. A multi-national police operation tackled criminal activities related to drug smuggling and trafficking in Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Austria in November 2017. Courtesy: Dubai Police
THIS SPELLS TROUBLE: Customs officers at Dubai's main airport foiled 155 attempts to smuggle 'talismans and black magic items', related to witchcraft and sorcery, in 2015. Officers said conmen take advantage of often vulnerable people with superstitions. Courtesy: Dubai Customs
GO THE WHOLE HOG: US Customs and Border Protection's K-9 unit in Atlanta airport caught the whiff of a crime going down when a passenger tried to smuggle a whole roasted hog from Peru in November, 2016 for Thanksgiving. Customs staff seized the hidden pig, which is banned by laws designed to prevent foot and mouth disease and swine fever. Courtesy: US Customs and Border Protection
CRIME WAVE: Drugs are hidden inside a microwave at the exhibition of seizures at Dubai Airport in July 2019. Chris Whiteoak / The National
RECORD HAUL: One of the largest drug busts in Dubai's history was made at Jebel Ali Port in May 2019. Sniffer dogs alerted officers to a shipment that was found to contain 5.7 million Captagon pills.
RUFF JUSTICE: Captagon is a type of amphetamine originally used for attention deficit disorders, but was banned in the 1980s due to its highly addictive nature. Smugglers in Syria have thrived during the chaos of the war there, and many shipments have been traced to the Arab state. Courtesy: Dubai Police