FAISALABAD: Customs Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) confiscated Indian origin smuggled red chillies worth Rs10 millions involving duty and taxes to the tune of Rs 4 million during an action near Rehmania Road.
Sources told Customs Today, that Collector Dr. Asif Mahmood Jah received credible report that huge quantity of non-duty paid being smuggled into Faisalabad. He constituted an anti-smuggling squad comprising Inspectors Khalid Ashraf Noor, Farhan Frank, Irfan Mumtaz, Sepoy Muhammad Ashraf and others.
During crackdown, the Customs ASO team raided a godown of M/s Rehmania Mills and recovered huge quantity of foreign origin Indian origin red chillies. The team asked the owner to produce legal documents regarding possession of the smuggled items. However he and his companion failed to provide any relevant documents. After their failure, the ASO team registered a case against the suspects also forwarded the cases to Customs Adjudication for further proceedings.
The Customs Investigation and Prosecution (I&P) Department may lodge a first information report (FIR) and initiate an investigation to curb the smuggling of red chillies in future.