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Customs I&I foils attempt to smuggle cigarettes & betel nuts worth Rs33m

Customs I&I foils attempt to smuggle cigarettes & betel nuts worth Rs33m

LAHORE: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) foiled an attempt to smuggle foreign origin cigarettes and betel nuts.

Sources told Customs Today that credible information was received through the Director I&I-Customs that a huge quantity of foreign origin goods are being smuggled and the same are loaded on trucks which are parked outside main gate of Niaz Aarhat.

Accordingly on directions of Director Sadia Munib a team was constituted under the supervision of deputy director  (ASO) which raided at given address on 04-03-2020 and recovered and seized foreign origin 113 cartons of smuggled cigarettes of different brands(Gold Mount, Business More etc) and 6000 kilograms betel nuts.

The seized goods were concealed under Scrap. FIR has been lodged.  The CIF value of seized goods along with seized trucks is Rs33 millions (approx). Further investigation is in progress.

Earlier, Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) has seized Rs5.7 million smuggled carbon steel wire during crackdown.

Sources told that Customs Intelligence and Investigation Director Sadia Muneeb received credible information that huge quantity of non-duty paid carbon steel rods are dumped in a godown located at Mominpura Road .

She immediately constituted a customs I&I squad under the supervision of Assistant Director Amanat Khan. The Customs I&I squad raided a godown located at Mominpura and recovered huge quantity of smuggled carbon steel wire. Sources told that market value of seized carbon wire is Rs5.7 million in international market. Sources told that a case has been registered while further investigations are under way.

It is necessary to mention here that Director Sadia Muneeb directed his staff to adopt zero tolerance pilicy against smuggling. She further directed that anyone who found involved in smuggling should be dealt with iron hands and as per law.