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Passenger arrested at Sharjah airport for hiding gold powder in food supplement

Suspect sought to avoid paying tax on consignment worth Dh100,000 in home country

16:17 January 30, 2018
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Sharjah: A man was arrested at Sharjah International Airport for attempting to smuggle out powdered gold worth Dh100,000 in a food supplement bottle.

Lieutenant Colonel Mattar Al Ketbi, head of the Airport Police Department, said the Asian suspect was nabbed by customs officers while he was trying to exit the country. He was heading to his home country.

Inspectors at the cargo village in Sharjah airport found the bottle suspicious and on inspection found the gold powder mixed with the supplement.

The suspect confessed that he tried to hide the consignment of gold to avoid paying customs duties in his home country. He showed officials bills proving that he had bought the gold legally.

The suspect was referred to public prosecution.

Sharjah Police warned residents and visitors not to indulge in activities, which contravene the laws of their countries.

Sharjah Police also urged all community members to cooperate with the security agencies and report any suspicious acts or crimes on 999 or 06 5632222 or the toll-free number Najeedt 800 151 or via SMS on 7999 or www.shjpolice.gov.ae/najeed