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Four Mauritians arrested for smuggling gold in Mumbai

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Four Mauritians were arrested Thursday evening by the Indian
authorities at the airport in Mumbai for trying to smuggle more than a
kilogram of gold. The two men and two women were intercepted by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Indian customs according to news
website dnaindia.com. The suspects, according to reports, tried to
trick Indian customs officials by passing gold bracelets, worth more
than a million Mauritian rupees, as belt buckles. A senior Indian
police officer said that one of the two women who were arrested has
already made three trips to Mumbai in the past and that an
investigation was opened to determine if had smuggled gold on her
previous trips. While Indian authorities believe that the four
suspects could be part of a well-organised network of smugglers,
police authorities in Mauritius will try to determine if they are not
related to a local network of buyers of second hand gold. In the last
couple of months, Mauritian authorities have decided to tighten the
screw on these shops where many thieves trying to launder the proceeds of their thefts.


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