TSA catches woman allegedly smuggling almost $40,000 in chocolate bar

Someone allegedly tried to smuggle $39,099 worth of gold inside a chocolate bar at India’s Chennai International Airport on Jan. 7. 

Authorities apprehended 25-year-old Padma Balaji at the airport terminal. According to Newsflare, the woman was accused of trying to sneak pieces of gold onto her flight by embedding it into a Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bar. 

Newsflare footage showed a worker unwrap the chocolate bar and reveal the gold hidden inside. There were 24 molten chunks of yellow gold, a bar of gold and several other pellet-shaped pieces.

Officials intercepted 11 other passengers who were accused of smuggling gold and had arrived on a flight from Dubai, according to Times of India. There were also another four passengers from a flight from Sharjah who were arrested, according to The News Minute. It’s not clear whether all 16 suspects were working together.

“Other gold packages were discovered earlier in the week, totaling 8.2 lbs of 24 karat purity gold worth an estimated USD $268,438 were seized by Chennai Air Customs. An investigation into the matter is underway,” Newsflare stated

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