Nedumbassery, 23 March, Sreeparvathy K.: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) team have captured 4kg of gold smuggled in the waste box of the Spice jet flight at Nedumbasserry airport. DRI arrested smuggler Rahbal, a resident from Tamil Nadu who was travelling in the flight from Dubai to Kochi. He is remanded in the custody for 14 days as per the order of the Economic Offences Court.
DRI team resorted to search the plane after a tip off. The smuggler from Dubai had concealed the gold bars worth 1.25 crores in the waste box of the toilet and another agent was supposed to enter the flight as the flight is scheduled to have service to Bangalore. As there is no customs search in the domestic flights, the gold bars can be smuggled off easily.