Seven males were recently arrested at Sri Lanka's international airport after they tried to smuggle gold into India.
The value of gold is near it's all-time high which means percentage-based import duties are steep as well.
Seven males were recently arrested at Sri Lanka's international airport after they tried to smuggle gold into India. The men had reportedly swallowed the precious metal fragments as a way to avoid paying import fees.
Between the 7 men, 25 gold pieces were detected during a security check. They had been trying to board a flight to Chennai when they were stopped by airport authorities and apprehended.
The group has been sent to a nearby hospital, where it is hoped nature will take over and the gold pieces will resurface. Each of the suspects are being fed a traditional Sri Lankan dish comprised of rice flour and shredded coconut to expel the gold from their bodies.
An investigation was launched into the smuggling incident but the total amount of the metal had not officially been measured or weighed.
India is largest market for gold in the entire world, which is part of the reason why authorities pay closer attention to potential smuggling into that country.