DRI Foils Attempt to Smuggle Foreign Currency

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CHENNAI: On August 27 an attempt to smuggle foreign currency worth over Rs.92 lakh from Chennai to Singapore through the Tiruchi airport was foiled by the officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) A specific intelligence input about the smuggling of foreign currency by a Chennai-based passenger, who was a frequent flier in that segment. Was received by the officials. Early on that day the passenger arrived at the Chennai airport and boarded the specific flight en route to Singapore. DRI officers mounted an intensive surveillance on the movements of the passenger and intercepted him at the Tiruchi airport. The officers identified the suspect sitting on the plane after a coordinated and deep surveillance and followed him when the flight landed at Tiruchi, the Additional Director General of DRI said in a press release. Officials on examination of the suspected passenger’s hand baggage found foreign currency, including Euros and Swiss Francs, with a total value of Rs.92 lakh concealed in the bottom portion of the two stroller bags. He added that the officers seized the currency and the bags. The passenger was arrested under the provisions of the Customs Act and was subsequently released on bail, as was found to be carrying goods worth more than Rs.20 lakh.  ]]>

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