Customs officials arrested a man along with 22 gold bars, weighing 2.5 kg, at Osmani International Airport in Sylhet on Tuesday.
The arrestee is Momin Uddin Mamun of Goainghat upazila in the district.
Joint commissioner of Customs Minhaz Uddin, said a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines coming from Dubai landed at the airport around 8:45 am, UNB reported.
Tipped off, a team of Customs Intelligence officials challenged Momin and recovered the gold bars worth Tk 15 million (1.5 crore) which were concealed inside his shoe sole.
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