MULTAN: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation foiled a bid to smuggle huge quantity of betel nuts worth Rs12.5 million.
According to sources of Customs Today, Customs I&I high-ups received reliable information from their source that huge consignment of smuggled betel nuts will be transported through Sadiqabad route.
Deputy Director Khial Muhammad Khan formed special team including Inspector Malik Muhammad Nasir, Inspector Umer, Inspector Qaswar Shah, Shakeel ur Rehman and others for thwarting any attempt of smuggling through jurisdiction and alerted them to remain vigilant.
Customs I&I team intercepted the suspected truck of goods transport company which was loaded with different goods and recovered huge quantity of betel nuts during examination of loaded goods.
Field Intelligence Unit of Sadiqabad has recovered 19 tons of betel nuts and driver of the truck informed Customs Intelligence staff that they were coming from Karachi and they were going to deliver the said betel nuts in Lahore. Driver of the goods company has provided booking details to Customs I&I team and the team started further action against owner.
The recovered goods were packed in sacks and market value of recovered betel nuts is almost Rs12.5 million. Customs Intelligence and Investigation Multan seized the recovered betel nuts under Customs Act 1969 and formed seizure report of the captured items. Further investigations are still underway.