Kochi: Karat Faisal, an LDF councillor has been taken into custody by the Customs Commissionerate (Preventive) Kochi probing the Kerala gold smuggling case.

According to reports, the investigating team raided Faisal's house early morning and took him into custody.

From Kozhikode, Faisal was brought to the Kochi office by the Customs for interrogation. Reports added that Faisal will be arrested after interrogation.

According to Customs officials, Faisal played a major role in the gold smuggling. He is suspected to have played an active role in investing and selling smuggled gold. Faisal was also allegedly involved in multiple gold smuggling cases earlier.

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Faisal's name in the case came to light, as he was arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in a gold smuggling incident at Karipur Airport in 2013.

There are also reports suggesting that the accused in the Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh and Rameez, have revealed Faisal's link in the illegal operation.