LAHORE: Directorate of Customs Intelligence & Investigation team has seized 23 tons of smuggled betel nut worth Rs30 million and arrested two persons.
Sources told Customs Today that information was passed through Director Rubab Sikander that smuggled goods would be moved. Deputy Director Usman Tariq alerted the staff and subsequently a 22-wheeler truck loaded with betel nuts was intercepted.
The truck was intercepted at Saggiyan bridge and found fully loaded with smuggled goods. Two cars of smugglers were also piloting the truck. The smugglers came out of the car and threatened the staff of dire consequences. Due to the presence of police and rangers officials at Saggiyan interchange, smugglers fled from the scene hurling threats.
The impounded goods were brought to the office with the assistance of police and rangers officials. Total 23 tons of betel nuts packed in 200 bags were recovered. Two persons have been arrested. FIR has been registered against prime accused Gul Khan and investigations are still underway till the filing of this report.