KARACHI: Collectorate of Customs Preventive beefed up the security and surveillance at the entry and exit point of the city to nab the smuggler and to restrict the smuggling activities.
According to the details, on the tip of higher authorities the Deputy Collector Customs Preventive Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) Headquarters Muhammad Faisal constituted a team to foil any bid of smuggling.
The team of ASO checked several vehicles and followed the procedure of customs to inquire regarding the legal documents and carried out the search of all kind of luggage carrier.
During the search, a trailer bearing registration no TLN-996 was intercepted but the team of ASO faced resistance from notorious smuggler Haji Sadiq Kakar.
On the directive of the Deputy Collector ASO Headquarters Muhammad Faisal completed search of the container no: TCNU-7114459 loaded on trailer bearing registration no TLN-996 was carried out during which it was confirmed that huge quantity of betel nuts were being smuggled in the city.
It was learnt that the container was loaded with one hundred and seventy gunny bags of smuggled betel nuts weighing 19.55 tons whereas the total cost and freight value was estimated at Rs52 million.
The value of vehicle and container is to the tune of Rs7.5m and both have also been taken into the custody as well as two smugglers have also been arrested from the spot. Cases against the apprehended persons have been filed, whereas further investigations are still underway.