Hyderabad: US dollars worth Rs. 67.11 lakh seized at RGIA IMAGEHyderabad: US dollars worth Rs. 67.11 lakh seized at RGIA IMAGE

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Hyderabad: Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Saturday seized US dollars valued at Rs. 67.11 lakh from a Dubai bound passenger at RGI Airport Shamshabad.

Acting on a tip off, the DRI team caught the passenger and checked a trolley bag he was carrying with him. The officials found that the passenger had concealed the currency beneath the plastic support sheets in the internal bottom and top sides of the trolley bag.The amount was recovered and seized and the passenger was arrested under provisions of the Customs Act 1962.Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Saturday seized US dollars valued at Rs. 67.11 lakh from a Dubai bound passenger at RGI Airport Shamshabad. Acting on a tip off, the DRI team caught the passenger and checked a trolley bag he was carrying with him.

Also, growing use of air passenger, courier and postal cargo for smuggling of drugs and other contrabands remains a concern.

“In FY 2023-24, DRI detected 623 smuggling cases, almost an average of 2 cases per day, with seizure of contrabands of Rs 3,500 crore. The seizure of narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances constitute a major part of it, followed by seizure of gold,” Singh said at a Ficci seminar on global challenges of illicit trade and way forward.

According to sources, DRI has seized 1,658 kg of gold in 2023-24 fiscal, about 35 per cent more compared to a year ago.

Singh said during the fiscal, DRI has also kept a watch to curb smuggling of cigarettes, red sanders, fake and foreign currency, and wildlife products.

He said since illicit border trade is transnational, global cooperation with enforcement agencies and international organisations is one of the way forwards to deal with it.

Also, involving relevant stakeholders would help in detecting and curbing smuggling.

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