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Customs seizes 1,248 cell phones, arrests three at Islamabad airport

Customs seizes 1,248 cell phones, arrests three at Islamabad airport

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Customs confiscated 1,248 pieces of smuggled smart cell phones and 12 pieces of tabs, besides arresting three suspect persons at Benazir International Airport Islamabad.

Deputy Collector Shahid Jan told Customs Today that credible information was received regarding the smuggling of cell phones, adding that the officials deputed at airport were asked to keep an eye on smugglers following the tip-off.

The customs officials intercepted three passengers arrived in Pakistan from Dubai through a flight No. PK-212 and recovered cell phones of different brands including Samsun, iPhone, Nokia. Huawei and others while checking their luggage.

After recovery of cell phones, the officials asked the owners to provide the documents showing the legal import and possession of the items, but they remained failed to do so; therefore, three accused personas namely Minhajuddin, Muhammad Azeem and Ali Usman have been arrested.

The value of seized items was estimated at millions as all the cell phones and tabs were of latest models.

The deputy collector said that cases have been registered against the suspects while further investigation is underway in this regard.