A man traveling with 15.7 kilos of unregistered gold was detected by customs officials at Athens International Airport on April 26. The gold, hidden in Easter candle boxes, was destined to Germany.
According to initial reports, the shipment was being exported by a company operating in the precious metals sector based on the Dodecanese island of Kalymnos, in the southeastern Aegean Sea. Sources said the gold had been purchased from pawn stores and did not carry regular documentation.
A similar case surfaced on April 12 when customs officials at the same airport arrested a 32-year-old German national, an employee of Greek exporting company Elyros SA, after finding him in possession of 470 kilos of silver, 7 kilos of gold and 293,000 euros in cash. Prior to his arrest, the company was being investigated for issuing bogus checks.