KARACHI: Pakistan Customs has geared up the campaign against the smugglers and the mafia involved in the heinous crime of smuggling of betel nuts and other contraband items.
According to the details, Collector Customs Gadani Muhammad Yaqoob Mako received authentic information regarding the smuggling of the contraband items in huge quantity through the land route after which a team was constituted to nab the culprits.
On the directives of Collector Gadani Muhammad Yaqoob Mako, the staff of Pakistan Customs beefed up the search and the surveillance was also raised to apprehend the culprits carrying the contraband items.
During the surveillance, the staffs of Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) intercepted two trucks loaded with fruits and were on way to Karachi. The staff of Customs checked the papers of the vehicle meanwhile complete search of the trucks was carried out.
During the search, the staff of the ASO found smuggled betel nuts hidden in the cartons of apple which was being transported to Karachi. The total weight of the recovered smuggled betel nuts are said to be of seventeen tons worth millions of rupees in the market.
The source informed Customs Today that the trucks were loaded with smuggled betel nuts in Quetta and was departed for Karachi where the demand of betel nuts has increased after the several successful seizures of the Pakistan Customs Preventive’s ASO.
Collector Gadani Muhammad Yaqoob Mako has hailed the team of ASO for taking rapid action and recovering such huge amount of smuggled betel nuts.