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Chinese nationals caught with 3.5kg gold

- NAYAK PAUDEL, Kathmandu

Apr 13, 2019-

Authorities arrested three Chinese nationals with 3,500 grams of gold hidden in their rectums at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Thursday.

The trio—Ma Fuming, 24, Mao Yinghua, 23, and Zhang Zhiyang, 27—had landed in Kathmandu on a China Eastern Airlines flight.

“The airport security stopped the trio when the walk-through metal detector beeped while they were making their way towards the exit. We frisked them but found nothing on them,” Gajendra Kumar Thakur, chief of the airport customs, told the Post.

“They were then scanned with a hand-held metal detector which beeped once again. The three men tried to convince us that the buttons on their clothes were causing the beeps, but the security personnel did not buy their explanation.”

When the trio started getting agitated, the security personnel became more suspicious and put them through a body scanner, which showed a blurred image of some object inside their abdomens, said Thakur.

“They were taken to the Kathmandu Medical College at Sinamangal for x-ray,” Superintendent of Police Krishna Koirala told the Post. “The results showed metal in their rectums, after which the doctors gave them medicines to make them excrete.”

Authorities found 1,300 grams of gold in one of the individuals’ rectal cavity while the other two had hidden 1,000 grams each. The gold pieces were wrapped in condoms and placed inside their rectums.

The customs officials said the trio was used as carriers to smuggle the gold and they did not know anything about the receiver.

“During the investigation, we found that the men were supposed to be picked at the airport by someone whom they did not know,” said Thakur.

The mobile phones of the individuals have been seized and the customs officials, with the help of Chinese language experts, are working on decoding the messages written in Chinese.

The trio could get a one year jail-term and around Rs20 million fine for their involvement in the smuggling. If they are unable to pay the fine, they can face jail sentence up to 10 years, according to the customs officials.

Published: 13-04-2019 08:47

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