FAISALABAD: The Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) Mianwali of Model Customs Collectorate Faisalabad has confiscated the foreign origin black tea weighed 1,360-Kg worth Rs816000 involving customs duties and taxes of Rs145688 during the vehicles-checking.
Under the directions of Deputy Collector Usman Tariq, Superintendent Muhammad Javid Mehmood constituted a team under the supervision of Inspector Azhar Hussain Jafri to check vehicles near Hernoli district, Mianwali Road.
The said Inspector along with his team started checking of the vehicles during which the team intercepted a Bedford truck with registration No: E-2360 (Peshawar) which was going from Sargodha to Mianwali.
The search of the truck led the recovery of smuggled black tea packets. The team asked Driver Haji Tasawar Khan, son of Muhammad Ramzan, to provide the booking documents of black tea but he failed to produce anything legal.
The driver told the team that the smuggled item was loaded from Muslim Hood Service Sargodha against different bilties about which he knows nothing. The team confiscated the tea and shifted it to the warehouse and released the driver after a proper interrogation.
Now the team will send a legal notice to the goods company concerned as per customs bylaws and the case will be referred to the adjudication court for proceeding. If the learned court will announce a judgment in favour of Mianwali Customs then it will be authorized to auction the impounded black tea as per Customs Act-1969.