Mumbai, June 14 -- The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) saw a rise in smuggling of gold, foreign currency and narcotics from April 2018 to March 2019, compared to the previous financial year.

The air intelligence unit (AIU) of the Mumbai customs recorded 498 cases of smuggling of 481.55kg gold (worth Rs135.99 crore) from April 2018 to March 2019. Of the 233 arrested, 155 were Indians and 78 foreigners. From April 2017 to March 2018, the AIU saw 362 cases of smuggling of 356.7kg gold (worth Rs95.28 crore). Of the 195 arrested in the cases, 148 were Indians and 47 foreigners.

"Chinese, Korean, Sri Lanka and African nationals are among those arrested. Some of them are also of Indian origin," said an AIU officer. "The...