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Multan Customs seizes betel nuts, gutka & dry fruits worth Rs6m

Multan Customs seizes betel nuts, gutka & dry fruits worth Rs6m

MULTAN: Customs Anti-Smuggling Organization seized the huge quantity of betel nuts, gutka and dry fruit worth Rs6 million in their action.

Sources told Customs Today that Collector Ambreen Ahmad Tarar received credible information from her source that huge quantity of smuggled goods will be transported through Muzaffargarh-Multan route. She immediately constituted a special team comprising Inspector Muhammad Asghar, Inspector Rana Mujtaba, Inspector Maqsood, Inspector Tahir Iqbal and others to frustrate any attempt of smuggling.

Customs Anti-Smuggling squad started patrolling and vigilance of the suspected routes. Customs Anti-Smuggling Organization intercepted two suspected trucks bearing registration number of TKA-644 and TKK-980 near Nawab Hotel Multan-Muzaffargarh Road which were loaded with betel nuts, gutka and raisin.

Customs teams during the checking recovered 228 sacks of different brands of gutka, 31 sacks of betel nuts and 2486 cartons of raisin. It was also revealed in the initial interrogation that smugglers were trying to supply these smuggled goods to different retailers of South Punjab, especially in Multan region. But Customs teams foiled their attempt of smuggling due to timely action against them.

Customs teams arrested four accused after recovery of smuggled goods and started legal action them after framing seizure report against the recovered goods under Customs act 1969. Further investigations are still underway till the filing of this report.