Seventy-seven smuggled golden biscuits weighing about 9kg were seized today from two passengers returning from Saudi Arabia after a high-speed chase in Lucknow.
Officials from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence in Lucknow had received information that two passengers arriving from the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh were smuggling golden biscuits. According to the intelligence services, the cookies would be handed over to people at the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow, who would then go to Muzaffarnagar.
According to the information, DRI Lucknow officials kept an eye on the suspects once they landed in Lucknow. What followed was a high-speed chase of two SUVs on the Agra-Lucknow highway. When DRI officials finally intercepted the vehicles, the two passengers from Riyadh and those who had come to receive them were found inside.
When searched, officials recovered the 77 golden cookies hidden in their belts and pockets made into their underwear.
After a detailed investigation, the DRI said, the chief handler was arrested in Lucknow. A customs hawaldar who allegedly colluded with the smugglers to get them gold through the airport has also been arrested.