LAHORE: Collectorate of Customs Preventive Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) Monday confiscated over R310 million illegally imported Q Mobiles from a godown in Behria Town and arrested one person.
The mobiles were seized in the presence of the godown watchman, whom customs authorities asked to inform his owners and produce legal documents but he failed despite the fact that he was given a reason able time.
The authorities following being fully satisfied that the mobiles were dumped at the godown with smuggled Q Mobiles and have no legal documents, official sources, said, adding that they after geting search warrants from the magistrate get into the godown after two to three days intense surveillance of the godown.
Collector of Customs Preventive Faiz Ahmed told that the Q Mobile were carried in four Mazda truck to the Customs House while the seized mobiles includes various brands of the mobile including android and key pad operational. He said that the godown owners were given seven hours time to produce legal documents but they failed to produce.
The operation was under taken by the four scouts of the Customs ASO under the supervision of Additional Director Muneeza Majeed, Deputy Collectors, Naveed ur Reham, Moazam Raza.
The team that undertook the crackdown was led by led Superintendent Nasir Minhas and the team was consisting of Deputy Superintendent Agha Qadeer, Inspector Gulzar Bhatti, Rao Mansoor Elahi, Azam Wattoo, Amjad Khan and others.
Earlier, Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation Customs Lahore raided a warehouse in Lahore and recovered mobile phones (mostly Q Mobile) and their accessories.
This is the fifth incident wherein another approximately 45000 smuggled mobile phones (Q mobile) have been seized.
It may be recalled that MCC Preventive Karachi caught a container of mobile phones imported by M/s Digicom declared as LED lights and recovered over 60,000 Q mobile phones. Subsequently Directorate of Customs Intelligence & Investigation Karachi recovered a huge quantity of smuggled Q mobile phones owned by M/s Digicom and thereafter MCC Preventive Karachi made another seizure of smuggled mobile phones.