KARACHI: Collectorate of Customs Preventive busts huge quantity of smuggled betel nuts weighing 7500 kilograms and arrests three culprits from the spot.
According to the details, on the tip-off of higher authorities, the Deputy Collector Customs Preventive Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) Headquarters Muhammad Faisal constituted a team to beef up the security and surveillance at the entry and exit points of the city against the illegal activities of the smugglers.
The team of ASO checked several vehicles and followed the procedure of customs to inquire regarding the legal documents and carried out the search for all kinds of luggage carriers.
During the search, a trailer was intercepted by the team of the ASO and forced it to stop. A complete search of the container no CBHU-9816039 loaded on the trailer bearing registration no TLG-369 was carried out.
During the search, it surfaced that a huge quantity of betel nuts was being smuggled in the city. The trailer bearing registration no TLG-369 was on the route to Karachi from Lahore. Total 175 gunny bags of smuggled betel nuts weighing 7500 kilograms worth Rs4,812,500/in the market was recovered from the container. The value of both trailer and container is Rs5,500,000.
Vehicle and container are taken into the custody as well as three smugglers arrested from the spot. Cases against the apprehended persons are filed whereas further investigation is underway. As per the details shared by the Customs authority, the total value of seized goods is Rs10,312,500/and the arrested culprits are drivers and cleaner.