Customs intelligence officials today seized 27 pieces of gold which were hidden inside a belt buckle and metal frame of a travel bag of an inbound Bangladeshi migrant worker at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.
The current market price of the gold weighing 370 grammes is around Tk 17 lakh (S$30,120).
Md Masud, a migrant restaurant worker in Malaysia, was detained on charge of carrying the smuggled gold, said Moinul Khan, director general of Customs Intelligence, Bangladesh.
Hailing from Kawarchar in Barisal, Masud reached Dhaka boarding a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines BG 087 around 8am.
Masud, however, said he did not know anything about the gold. He was just carrying the belt and bag with him to give it to one of his neighbours named Rafique.