Karipur: The Air Customs Intelligence Department at Calicut International airport here on Friday seized 570 gram of gold worth Rs 17.5 lakh from a passenger.

The officials recovered five gold biscuits weighing 570 gram and gold chains from a Malappuram native Shafeeq (35) who arrived here from Sharjah in Indigo Airlines flight. He had hidden gold chains in his rectum.

The officials suspected him after he crossed door frame metal detector. The gold was recovered after the inspection.

Shafeeq is the prime carrier of the smuggling gang based at Koduvally. According to officials, another Koduvally native at Dubai has given the gold to him.