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Customs Court approves remand of accused involved in foreign branded cigarettes smuggling

Customs Court approves remand of accused involved in foreign branded cigarettes smuggling

LAHORE: The Special Court of Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling handed over an accused to the customs investigation authorities for two days who was arrested from G.T. Road near Wazirabad while making an attempt to smuggle huge quantity of smuggled cigarettes.

On 13.10.2018, accused Muhammad Iqbal was produced before the customs court by the investigation team where the team sought his remand for three days. The customs court approved his custody on physical remand for two days and asked the investigation team to complete investigations within two days and produce him before the court on next date of hearing.

Earlier the Customs anti-smuggling squad seized a bulk quantity of the foreign branded smuggled cigarettes during a special checking on G.T. Road near Wazirabad on 1.10.2018.

The accused was smuggling the foreign branded cigarettes in a truck from Lahore to Rawalpindi, when anti-smuggling squad seize 95000 packets of foreign branded (Benson & Hedges and Dunhill) smuggled cigarettes from a truck bearing registration no: LES- 9933. He said that the worth of the seized cigarettes was Rs20 million.

ASO has also arrested the accused and registered a case against the accused under Customs Act 1969.