KARACHI: The Customs Drug Enforcement unit on Friday recovered five kilogrammes of heroin from PIA’s London-bound flight PK-787 from Karachi.
The heroin was hidden in the toilet of the plane.
In March, 2013 the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) had arrested at least three people and seized 3kg heroin from their possession. The trio including a woman was arrested at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport when they tried to smuggle contraband to Saudi Arabia via PIA flight (PK 741). The suspects were supposedly going to Saudi Arabia for Umrah.
In June 2012, around 4.5kg of heroin was seized from a PIA aircraft in Karachi that was departing for London via Lahore and the airport staff has been identified as prime suspects. “This has happened a hundred times,” Customs Spokesperson Qamar Thalho had stated, while referring to the incident on PIA flight PK-787.
Moreover, in June 2011 PIA airhostess and her husband were arrested at the Islamabad airport for possessing eight kilograms of heroin in their luggage.
According to sources, both the airhostess and her husband were due to board the Muscat bound PIA flight PK 319 when ANF found the heroin during a luggage check.