HYDERABAD: The Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) Hyderabad, Customs Preventive Sukkur-Jacobabad, seized 12 bags, 660kg of betel nuts, worth Rs1.7million involving customs duty and taxes of Rs591855 during an action at customs check-post Jacobabad during first week of April 2018.
Collector Model Customs Collectorate Hyderabad Akhlaq Ahmad Khattaq directed his staff to frustrate the smuggling attempts in the region. Additional Collector Dr Aamer Nawaz Hamid received a tip-off regarding the smuggling of foreign origin contraband and non-custom-duty paid betel nuts.
He formed a team, comprising ASO Customs Preventive, Sukkur check-post Jacobabad officer and other staff. The ASO team intercepted a public vehicle transport and recovered the said goods.
Prior to the recovery of items, the officials asked the driver to produce documents regarding the legal import of the goods but he could not prove anything. The team impounded the items under the Customs Act. A case was registered against the accused. The case has also been sent to the customs adjudication for further legal action.
The ASO deposited the confiscated goods into Sukkur State Warehouse.