A 53-year-old suspect has been arrested under Section 104 of the Customs Act, 1962 and the recovered 100 Apple iPhone X units at Delhi Airport worth Rs 85 lakh. “The recovered mobile phones were seized under Section 110 of the Customs Act, 1962 and the passengers were arrested under Section 104 of the same Act. Further investigation into the matter is under process,” said a statement by the customs department.
The man was on his way back to India from Dubai on Friday when the customs department was tipped off about the smartphones smuggling. The smuggler was coming back to India through the green channel. He was stopped by the customs officials and after the search, the smuggled iPhones were discovered.
Hundred iPhone X handsets worth a total of Rs 85.61 lakh were seized from his baggage after a thorough search,” Additional Commissioner of customs at the airport, Amandeep Singh, said.
On top-of-the-range iPhone X has been in high demand. According to research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple iPhone X was the world’s best selling smartphone in the first quarter of 2018. The 64 GB base model costs about Rs 85,000 in India, while only costing nearby Rs 70,000 in Dubai.
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