KARACHI: The Pakistan customs on Friday claimed to have seized smuggled goods, including smartphones worth over Rs70 million, in separate incidents.

The collectorate of customs enforcement Karachi seized smuggled mobile phones, tablets, cigarettes of assorted brands, India-made gutka, etc in two separate operations.

Collector Usman Bajwa said that the seized items were successfully recovered from hidden cavities of a bus at the Mochko check post.

He said that criminals concealed Indian gutka in a garbage truck. The officials spotted the truck in Nazimabad and during a search seized the contraband item.

Drug smuggling bid foiled

The collectorate of customs, Jinnah International Airport, claimed to have foiled a bid to smuggle drugs worth around Rs15 million.

The customs staff posted at the international departure lounge of the airport on information provided by a customs scanning operator stopped suitcases of two Pakistani passengers, Hamdullah and Abdul Latif.

They were travelling by a Saudi Arabian airline (flight No SV 705) to Jeddah.

Upon search, 1.130 kilograms of heroin and 260 grams of amphetamine crystal, worth Rs15m in international market, were recovered, which had been concealed in handle rods and inner cardboard of the suitcases.

Both the suspects have formally been arrested and a case has been registered under the Customs and Narcotics Act.

Published in Dawn, December 24th, 2022

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