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Central Board of Indirect Taxes and airport customs authorities say the seized tortoises have been handed over to the Tamil Nadu Forest Department for rehabilitation.
Eight cartons containing liquor and beer were seized by excise officials, who said they are sold to private hotels in Ladakh at higher prices due to shortage in the Union Territory.
Rajasthan High Court noted that gold was a valuable material and quashed the accused's plea that challenged the filing of charges against him under the stringent anti-terror law UAPA.
Illegal shipments of gold are estimated to have slowed to a trickle of about 2 tons a month, and may total about 25 tons this year, compared with an estimate of 120 tons last year.
Chinese-origin Kenbo bikes are mostly brought to Mizoram from across the border in Myanmar, with law enforcement agencies claiming they are mostly used for smuggling.
BSF has seized 2,800 kg of hilsa since February, 8 years after Bangladesh banned it. It is considered a delicacy in Bengal, and the fish is selling for Rs 3,000/kg in Kolkata markets and online.
Criminals have had to innovate to keep their supply chains open. A good example is concealing illegal drugs in consignments of face masks or sanitisers.
M. Sivasankar was allegedly close to Swapna Suresh, the key figure in smuggling 30 kg of gold bars in a diplomatic bag bound for the UAE Consulate.
The birds were seized under provisions of the Customs Act and Wild Life Protection Act, 1972. Offences under these Acts are punishable with a sentence of up to 7 years in prison.
The accused smuggled US goods to entities that are threats to US security for their ties to Pakistan’s weapons programmes, said the US Department of Justice.
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