CAIRO: Smuggled gold artifacts worth 7.6 million EGP ($996,000,) in addition to a shipment of cosmetics,were seized by the Sallum border crossing customs authorities, MENA reported Friday.
The goods were hidden in 81 crates inside a car driven by a Libyan national.
The gold pieces had been stored in 51 smaller plastic boxes, and the cosmetics were inside 302 cartons.
A police report was filed over the incident, which was referred to the prosecution.
The Sallum crossing, Egypt’s western border with Libya, has been witnessing strict measures to combat attempts of smuggling and illegal immigration.
Dozens of Egyptians and foreigners have been frequently arrested at the border for attempting to illegally enter into Libyan territory.
Despite the flow of Egyptian returnees fleeing the deteriorated security situation in the oil-rich country, many Egyptians are still trying to enter the country through the western border in search of work.