Delhi customs officials on June 29 intercepted the largest amount of smuggled gold and currency in India since 1977.
GV Customs officials sorting through foreign currency and gold which has been confiscated from smugglers (2 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO SV Gold ingots being taken out of pouch
CU PULL BACK TO SV & GV Gold bars line up being counted by customs official (2 shots)
SVs & GVs Foreign currency and gold bars line up on the table (2 shots)
GV & SV Scooter which was used to smuggle gold and currency; officials searching in compartment at side of wheel looking for more gold (2 shots)
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Background: Delhi customs officials on June 29 intercepted the largest amount of smuggled gold and currency in India since 1977. The haul consisted of over 18 kilos (40 pounds) of gold and foreign currency notes amounting to a value of several hundred thousand dollars. The gold and notes were smuggled into Delhi via Bombay, and customs officials said that for the first time they succeeded in intercepting gold ingots with Chinese marking. 1982 has been a record year for smuggling in India. The gold market is one of the largest in the world and the precious metal can fetch extraordinarily high prices. As a result India has become one of the major smuggling points. Many different, often imaginative methods are used to get the contraband goods past customs. In this case the gold was hidden in a compartment over a scooter's back hub-cap, most was in the form of ingots protected by material pouches. Customs officials were carrying out a routine search when they discovered the haul.