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Customs Court issues non-bailable warrants of suspect in betel nuts smuggling case

Customs Court issues non-bailable warrants of suspect in betel nuts smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court approved progress report filed by investigation officer of Collectorate Customs Enforcement and Compliance office of the Deputy Collector of Customs U.A.E Port Muhammad Bin Qasim and issued non-bail able warrants against suspect namely Shahid Mahmood son of Muhammad Ayub, who was allegedly involved in smuggling of contraband goods into Pakistan.

On 15 January 2021, investigation officer submitted that a consignment covered under auction lot was assigned for examination, prior to the examination of the consignment, the relevant papers were scrutinized which revealed that the said consignment was imported by consignee Shahid Mahmood from Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on vessel ESPERANZA N declaring therein 217 packages personal effects and household goods.

He further informed the court that this consignment was imported by the above- named consignee under personal baggage scheme which arrived at Qasim International Container Terminal QICT, Port Muhammad Bin Qasim, Karachi, however, no one came forward to claim the ownership of file the baggage declaration of the said container within stipulated time.

He further stated that during the search of the container, customs officials found 13180 kg betel nuts, a water dispenser with refrigerator, 576 pairs of long shoes sniper, 21 no mattress single bed, 10 mattress double bed, 20 wooden chairs, 04 baby ben, 05 metallic folding chairs, 04 sofa set 03-seater, 07 tables and other goods, customs officials seized the goods along with household goods and lodged first information report.

Investigation officer submitted that suspect is still absconder and prosecution is trying its best for his arrest and he will be produced before the court when arrested, after the hearing, court approved physical remand and directed the investigation officer to arrest and produce him on the next date of hearing.