Mumbai :  The Mumbai Airport Customs on Monday arrested four people in two separate cases of gold smuggling wherein both cases the gold was handed over by smugglers to someone else by offering monetary benefits.

In its 18th case this year where a person working within the airport was involved, the Customs arrested a passenger service executive identified as John Jeeson, who works with a ground handling service provider in the airport. Jeeson was apprehended from outside the aerobridge of a flight that had arrived from Doha. A body search resulted in the recovery of 36 bars of gold measuring 116.6-cm in length each. The total weight of the gold bars was 4.175-kg, which was valued at Rs 1.03 crore.

The Customs further traced down the passenger, Wakas Abdul Hamid Shaikh who had handed over the gold bars to Jeeson, and the financier of the gold, Mukesh Pahuja and placed the two men under arrest.

In the second case, a passenger who had arrived on a flight from Kolkata, Sahul Hameed was arrested for trying to smuggle 15 foreign marked gold bars of 100-grams. Collectively, they weighed 1500-grams and were valued at Rs. 36.63 lakh.

Hameed, in his statement said that a Sri Lankan national had handed him the gold bars during the flight in exchange for some money. The Sri Lankan national managed to escape.

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