Two arrested for attempting to smuggle gold by hiding it in wigs
The eagle-eyed customs officer stopped the pair as they tried to leave, because of their 'suspicious hairstyles.'
On closer inspection officials quickly discovered that gold paste packets weighing 698 grams had been hidden in the fake hair.
Chennai Air Customs: 5.55 kg gold worth Rs 2.53 crore & foreign currency worth Rs 24 lakhs seized from pax arrivng from & departing to gulf under CAct & FEMA last 2 days. Gold concealed in wigs,socks,innerwear,rectum & aircraft .Six Arrested.#IndianCustomsAtWork pic.twitter.com/w1cBmugDYi— Chennai Customs (@ChennaiCustoms) March 21, 2021
The money, along with chunks of gold, was pictured laid out on the counter as the crooks looked on red-faced.
Magroob Akbarali and Zubair Hassan Rafiyutheen were both later arrested in the terminal after arriving in Chennai, India, from Dubai.
In a statement, officials reportedly said that at Chennai airport in the last two days a total of 5.55 kilograms of gold had been seized from passengers arriving from and departing to Gulf countries.