Nearly 1,000 grams of gold were found hidden in the piping of a seat from an airplane that had flown into Delhi from Abu Dhabi, according to Indian customs officials.
Officials announced on Twitter on Tuesday that the plane that had landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport had a hidden stash of unreported gold paste valued roughly $55,000.
“Air customs at IGI Airport rummaged an aircraft which had earlier come from Abu Dhabi and recovered gold I paste form concealed in piping of a seat,” the tweet said. “On extraction, 938.25 grams of pure gold was extracted and was seized.”
Investigations, according to the customs officials, are still ongoing.
According to officials, travelers seeking to bring gold into the nation are frequently caught.
Over 300 grams of gold were taken last week by Indian customs officers from a traveller coming from Dubai who had hidden the contraband inside his rectum.
The unreported gold was discovered hidden by a traveller entering Chennai.
Additionally, the unidentified person was found in possession of $18,000 worth of unreported cigarettes, whiskey, and other devices.
Last month, 500 grams of gold worth over $28,000 were taken from a traveller entering Delhi from Saudi Arabia by Indian customs officials.
The unnamed Indian national was discovered to have four hidden gold bars in his luggage.
The gold was estimated to weigh 466 grams by customs officers.
On June 21, the offender was apprehended by authorities.