LAHORE: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) team during routine checking near Kala Shah Kaku recovered 365 bags of non duty paid coconut which were being smuggled through a Mazda truck.
Sources told Customs Today, that Director Customs Intelligence and Investigation Rubab Sikandar received credible information about some smuggling attempts. She immediately constituted a customs team under the supervision of Deputy Director Usman Tariq, Superintendent Saleem Khan, Intelligence Officer Zulfiqar Dogar, Nadeem Ihsan and others.
The Customs I&I team established many check posts on main entry and exit points of the Lahore city. The team intercepted a Mazda truck bearing registration no: LES972 near Kala Shah Kaku. During checking of vehicle the customs team recovered huge quantity of coconut.
The market value of seized coconut is Rs42,00,000 which also includes duty and taxes to the tune of Rs16,00,000. The customs team asked the driver of the vehicle to produce legal documents regarding import and transportation of coconut but they remained failed to show any relevant legal documents. Customs I&I team seized the bags and registered a case of smuggling against accused persons.