Three men from Uzbekistan have been arrested by customs officials for allegedly trying to smuggle into the country gold worth Rs 33 lakh at the international airport here.

The trio were intercepted upon their arrival from Dubai on Saturday.

“A detailed personal and baggage search of the three passengers resulted in the recovery of five pieces of gold, weighing 1.17 kg, ingeniously concealed near the front wheel of the baggage trolley carried by them,” a press release issued by the customs said today.

The value of the seized gold is about Rs 33.08 lakh, it said, adding the three people have been arrested.