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Customs Court sends suspected betel nuts smugglers to jail

Customs Court sends suspected betel nuts smugglers to jail

KARACHI: The Customs Court sent suspects namely Malook son of Khero, Muhammad Naeem son of Habibullah, Khan Bismillah Khan son of Muhammad Naeem Khan, Hayatullah son of Abdul Ghafar, Zainuddin son of Badin Khan and Saeed son of Gul Hassan, who were booked in a case of attempting to smuggle foreign origin betel nuts, cigarettes, cloths and gutka, to central jail on judicial remand.

On September 26, 2018, Investigation Officer Manzoor Ahmed Mahar of Customs Preventive Sukkur produced the above-mentioned suspects before the court and informed that on an actionable information strict instructions of MCC Hyderabad issued to the department and in view of the closed coordination and joint operation with other law enforcement agencies on September 11, the team of ASO, Sukkur intercepted 6 trucks bearing registration nos: TKM-096, LOT-5682, TKF-617, TKJ-739, E-7845 and TKD-954 loaded with smuggled foreign origin betel nuts, cigarettes, cloths and gutka.

He informs the court that during the search, MCC recovered 12915 kg betel nuts and 400 kg bhoosa from TKM-096, 12220 kg betel nuts, 1465 kg One 2 One gutka, made in UAE and 1190 kg bhoosa from LOT-5682, 18095 kg betel nuts, 3030 kg cloths from TKF-617, 20785 kg betel nuts, 340 kg bhoosa from TKJ-739, 13845 kg betel nuts, 18 carton Pine cigarettes made in Korea, 1760 kg One 2 One made in UAE and J & D gutka made in India from E-7845, 15030 kg betel nuts and 390 kg bhoosa from TKD-954. He said that total duty and taxes of betel nuts involved Rs4,862,647 and bhoosa Rs3,701,280.

After hearing, the court sent them to jail and directed investigation officer to produce them on next date of hearing.