Bangladesh seizes 25kg of gold from man pos­ing in wheel­chair

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Author­i­ties at Bangladesh’s main in­ter­na­tional air­port yes­ter­day ar­rested a man ac­cused of pos­ing as a wheel­chair user in an elab­o­rate plot to smug­gle 25 kilo­grams of gold past cus­toms. The bul­lion bust, worth an es­ti­mated $1.5 mil­lion, was the largest this year by air­port of­fi­cials in Bangladesh, which have been bat­tling a record surge in gold smug­gling in re­cent years. Cus­toms of­fi­cials be­came sus­pi­cious when they no­ticed Jamil Akhter, who was us­ing a wheel­chair as he cleared im­mi­gra­tion, had trav­elled overseas 13 times this year. “Our team chal­lenged him and found 250 pieces of gold weigh­ing 25 kilo­grams be­neath his un­der­gar­ments taped to his thighs,” the air­port cus­toms spokesman said.

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