The Customs Department of Mumbai caught a Sri Lankan national at the Mumbai International Airport and recovered from him 505 g of gold worth Rs. 1.49 million, some of which he had swallowed, while some concealed in his rectum, an official said.
The Sri Lankan national, Mohamed Faheem, was intercepted by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Mumbai Customs.
He was cleared from the Customs Green channel. However, on suspicion, when he was directed to pass through the door frame metal detector, it beeped giving indications of metals stored in his body. “He voluntarily ejected six cut pieces of gold weighing 205 g stored in his rectum,” customs official said. The sleuths asked him to pass through the metal detector again, but it beeped again.
“Since the passenger was unable to eject it and as he had confessed that he had swallowed some pieces of gold before arriving to Mumbai from Sri Lanka, he was taken to a local hospital, where he was made to eject 300 g of gold,” the officials said.
The officials added that it was a unique case since the passenger had swallowed 12 pieces of gold and also hidden 6 pieces in the rectum to hide from the Customs Department.
Official said that the doctors had a very tough time retrieving the gold from his stomach and that it took more than 48 hours to complete the procedure.