Man held with illegal foreign currency at Dhaka airport

The detainee hid the illegal money in his shoes, and parts of his body
Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) officials have detained a man carrying illegal foreign currency worth around Tk72,62,670 at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Saturday night.

The detainee, Md Sobhan Sheikh, is a resident of Sreenagar in Munshiganj.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of CIID kept their eyes on the passenger whom they later detained from green channel of the airport, CIID Director General Moinul Khan said.

The detainee hid the illegal money in his shoes, and parts of his body.

Moinul Khan said: “Sobhan was carrying 3,27,000 Saudi Riyal to purchase gold. He admitted to have smuggled gold at least four times before, which he sold to Mintu Ghosh and Shahjahan in Tantibazar. He also said that he was sent back from Malaysian Immigration to Bangladesh due to some unknown reason.”

According to Sobhan’s passport, he has travelled Bangladesh-Malaysia route three times in January, and seven other times last year.

Sobhan was arrested under the Customs Act and the Anti-Money Laundering Act, and will face the stipulated legal action.

According to the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act and Customs Act, carrying foreign currency without previous notice is illegal.


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