QUETTA: Collectorate of Customs Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) team foiled an attempt to smuggle 1.8 tons of betel nuts and new spare parts. Acting on directives of Collector Ashraf Ali, the ASO staff of Quetta intercepted Karachi bounded coaches and seized 300 bales of cloths along with 1.8 tons of betel nuts and new spare parts during a special operation.
Sources told Customs Today that Deputy Collector Preventive received credible information about the smuggling of the goods and vehicle. He immediately formed an anti-smuggling squad under the supervision of Assistant Collectors Akmal Durrani and Umair Arshad who intercepted various Karachi bounded coaches and recovered 1.8 tons of betel nuts worth Rs3.6 million as well as 50 bags of new spare parts. The market value of these spare parts is estimated at Rs2.5 million.
Sources told that during checking, no one claimed the ownership of these goods so customs ASO team after registering separate cases of smuggling against the owners of these goods started further investigations.