Two Myanmar citizens, who arrived in Myanmar from Hong Kong by a Dragon Air flight, were intercepted by a combined team which consists of anti-drug force, police force and immigration officials on 4 March.
They were stopped when they were crossing the green channel at the Yangon International Airport at around 5:10 pm local standard time Sunday and found suspected items made of white gold. A personal search and baggage examination led to the recovery of 941 necklaces, 220 bracelets, 115 hand chains, 163 rings, 137 pairs of earrings and 137 lockets worth US$ 71,290 of undeclared jewellry in their baggage.
The couple was identified as Zaw Min Thu, 35 years of age and his wife Ma Mai Mai Win Chein. They confessed that the jewellry was purchased in Hong Kong in order to resell the items in Myanmar. They tried to smuggle the jewellry into Myanmar without payment of customs duty. The owners will be allowed to take back their jewellry if they pay the customs duty and supply documents that prove the jewelry belongs to the owners.
They must do this at the Customs Department within two weeks. If not, the jewellry will be confiscated as public property.
Myanmar Digital News