Sri Lankan customs control confiscated 2 kilograms of gold and detained two men who had concealed the precious metal inside their bodies in order to avoid customs duties.
The men were caught as they went through an X-ray check before boarding a Mumbai-bound flight on Wednesday, according to Leslie Gamini, a spokesperson for Sri Lanka Customs, told AFP.
"Each man had 10 gold biscuits weighing 100 grams inside his rectum," Gamini said, adding the bust was the biggest Sri Lankan customs officials have ever found inside a human body.
He said the gold, valued at nearly $100,000, was confiscated and the men were fined $384 each.
"They were easily spotted because they appeared to be in pain and could not walk properly," Gamini told AFP.
In a separate case, seven other gold ‘couriers’ were detained on Monday in an attempt to sneak 25 bars of gold they had swallowed (exact weight is unknown) into India on a flight to Chennai.
The detainees - one Sir Lankan and six Indian - are being held in custody at a hospital and authorities are waiting to for the gold to pass, aided by laxatives. ...