In the last few months, cases of smuggling in Assam have increased by many folds. Gold from Myanmar, foreign cigarettes, poppy seeds from turkey have thronged the state in large numbers. The introduction of many international flights has also helped the smugglers\u2019 cause. As per reports revealed by the customs department, in the year 2019-2020, the department seized 663.98 grams of Gold valued at Rs. 77, 85,988, 38000 sticks of South Korean cigarettes worth Rs. 5, 70,000 and poppy seeds worth Rs 7, 40,680. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this figure spiked up in the year 2020-21 where Gold weighing 830.08 grams valued at Rs 43, 24,713, 869600 sticks of South Korean and Chinese made cigarettes worth Rs 95, 36000 and poppy seeds worth Rs 9,32,480 were seized. Speaking on the issue to Headline8, Om Prakash Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, Customs Division, Guwahati, \u00a0said, \u201cDue to its high price in the Indian market, Gold is on top of the list for foreign smugglers. Gold which is cheaper in Myanmar is smuggled to Thailand from where it is brought to Assam by Air. The gold is then distributed from Assam to the other parts of the country by the agents.\u201d On the tactics used by the smugglers, the Deputy Commissioner stated that Gold is usually smuggled from outside to the smaller International airports like Guwahati and from there it is easily transported to the bigger cities through domestic flights as the customs department does not cover these domestic flights which makes it convenient for the smugglers. When being asked about the steps taken by the department to curb the smugglings, OM Prakash Tiwari said, \u201cIt is easy to apprehend the smugglers who are just mini-agents. But investigation and conviction of the kingpins of these smugglings are very tough as they are very hard to track. The kingpins use online gaming platforms to contact their agents and money is transferred through the Hawala system which is very hard to track.\u201d He also stated that the smugglers smuggle the gold by hiding in their rectum through surgery. He even mentioned one such incident in the month of December where gold biscuits of around 300 to 400 grams were found hidden in the rectum of a person in the Guwahati airport.