17.4 kg of gold bars seized at Bangladesh airport

2021-02-22 13:05:26 GMT2021-02-22 21:05:26(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

DHAKA, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Customs officials seized 150 gold bars weighing 17.4 kg Monday at Bangladesh's Shah Amanat International Airport in seaport city Chattogram from a plane arriving from Abu Dhabi, an official said.

Nurunnahar Lily, a senior customs official, told journalists that they seized the gold bars worth about 100 million taka (about 1.16 million U.S. dollars) from Biman Bangladesh's flight BG-128 that had landed on Monday morning.

Acting on a tip-off, she said the customs officials carried out a search after the plane landed and discovered the bars inside the air-conditioning panel above the passenger's seat.

No one was arrested in connection with the seizure.

Sources said organized gangs of local smugglers having link with their foreign sidekicks have been increasingly using Bangladesh as a transit for the illegal transportation of gold, foreign currencies, contraband drug and medicines. Enditem