LAHORE: The Custom team deputed at Allama Iqbal International Airport has foiled a bid to smuggle a huge quantity of foreign currency abroad and arrested two suspects.
Sources told Customs Today that two suspects were detained after recovery of currency. Custom sources said that during baggage search of two Bangkok-bound passengers, at least $5,000 were recovered from them. The customs officials confiscated the money and arrested the suspects for interrogation.
On the other hand on Monday morning, an accused was also arrested while making an attempt to smuggle gold. The passenger was going to Bahrain. According to details, the security personnel recovered 1.5 kilogram of gold from him. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) gave information of suspect Muhammad Riaz, who was a resident of Gujrat.
Customs investigation team has arrested all of the accused and initial investigations are in progress. Custom will present them before the Court of Customs Taxation and Anti Smuggling on Tuesday. Customs team will get their physical remand for investigation and further prosecution.
Customs team has started strict checking of passengers who are arriving at Allama Iqbal International Airport as hajj pilgrims are also coming to Lahore airport from different flights. Special teams are checking luggage of the hajj pilgrims and this operation will continue in coming days.