Husband, wife accused of smuggling $14.6M in raw gold


A Peters Hall, East Bank Demerara couple on Monday appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court, charged with smuggling over $14.6M worth in raw gold at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).

Shazan Khan, 47 and his wife Bibi Khan, denied that on September 20, 2017, at the CJIA, they had in their possession 1907.2 grams of raw gold valued $14.6M without being the holder of an export license.

Police Prosecutor, Neville Jeffers made no objection to bail and the Khans were released on self-bail.  The matter was adjourned to November 16, 2017.

According to reports, Mrs Khan was intercepted with the undeclared raw gold at during a routine security check of her suitcase. At the time of the discovery, the duo was headed to the United States of America.

Mrs Khan was handed over to Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and her husband was also arrested. The woman reportedly confessed that her husband had given her the raw gold to be taken to the USA.

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