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Smuggling of “33” kilograms of gold in “River Nile” thwarted

A police force intercepted a gang that was smuggling and transporting 33 kilograms of gold from the Red Sea to Khartoum.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The security authorities in River Nile State, northern Sudan, foiled the smuggling of 33 kilograms of gold headed on its way to Khartoum State.

Gold had turned into the largest tributary of the country’s public treasury, after the secession of South Sudan took away two-thirds of the country’s oil production in 2011.

On Monday, the General Administration of Security Police announced the seizure of a double cap truck coming from the Red Sea state, with two people on board in possession of 33 kilograms of raw gold.

The authorities revealed that the shipment contained three boxes containing 74 kilograms of materials known as (cathodes) used in gold extraction processes.

The two suspects were taken to the Atbara Wasat police station, and legal measures were taken against them, under mining law penalties.

Smuggling is one of the biggest obstacles to the country benefiting from gold revenues, which loses billions of revenues annually due to it.

According to official statistics, gold production in Sudan ranges between 120 to 200 tons per year.

However, the Bank of Sudan’s exports during the years 2018 and 2019 failed to exceed 30 tons, with indicators confirming that the leakage of the remaining quantities happened through smuggling activities.

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