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A Tanzanian national has been arrested by Mozambican police in Pemba, Cabo Delgado province, accused of the unlawful possession of 21.5 kilograms of unprocessed gold.
He reportedly had bars and 216 coin-shaped ingots of the precious metal, with a preliminary valuation of about US$400,000.
Investigation revealed that the man detained at Pemba International Airport had passed through Maputo on his way from Nairobi.
The man had evaded customs checks at that airport, and his luggage passed through the scanner without event when he checked in. He was in fact apprehended after he had boarded the plane, when cabin crew became suspicious of his backpack, which seemed to be heavier than allowed.
The man admitted that this was not the first time he had smuggled gold out of Mozambique but claimed the valuables in his possession belonged to a friend who had asked him to transport it on his behalf.Source: A Verdade