Tiruchirappalli: Air Intelligence unit of customs department has seized 1.430 kg of gold ornaments and bars at the airport here when they were being smuggled from Singapore and two persons have been arrested in this connection, officials said on Wednesday.
Acting on a tip-off, officials scanned the luggage and spotted a bundle of gold ornaments and bars, worth Rs 43.43 lakh in the bag of one Ramamurthy, a native of Orathanadu in Thanjavur, last night.
Initial investigations revealed that an unidentified person had given the parcel to him at Singapore airport, with a request to hand it over to his relative waiting at the airport here. He had told him the parcel contained life-saving drugs, officials said.
Based on this information, officials arrested Jagadeesan who was waiting at the airport. Jagadeesan said he was from Cuddalore district.
Both have been remanded to judicial custody.
Investigation is on to trace the network behind the smuggling.
Two days ago, air intelligence unit officials at Tiruchirappalli airport arrested three persons, including a woman and her son while they were attempting to smuggle 6.96 kg of Ephedrine worth Rs one crore to Singapore.
Earlier this year, officials seized 400 grams and gold bars weighing 365 grams in two separate incidents from passengers.