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Customs seizes cigarettes, gutka, sheesha worth Rs 66m

Customs seizes cigarettes, gutka, sheesha worth Rs 66m

KARACHI: Directorate of Customs Intelligence Karachi and Pakistan Rangers Sindh in a joint operation recovered huge quantity smuggled cigarettes, Indian gutka and flavor sheesha worth Rs 66million at Bolton Market Karachi.
As per details, foreign cigarettes, gutka and sheesha in a huge quantity have been illegally stored in different areas of Bolton Market Karachi. A team of Customs Intelligence officials including Haji Muhammad Aslam, Akmal Hashmi and Qasim Alvi under the supervision of Deputy Director Dr. Ahsan Khan along with Pakistan Rangers, on a tip of informer, raided the places to recover the contraband.
The joint operation team immediately recovered the smuggled goods after fulfilling the legal formalities under the Customs Act, 1969. Approximate value of the contrabands into custody was said to be Rs 66 millions which includes Benson Hedges, Dunhill, Pine and other foreign brands concealed in 310 cartons.
Customs officials claimed that it was the biggest quantity of smuggled Gutka and cigarettes ever seized in a single operation in recent years by any agency.
Pakistan Customs lodged a FIR against culprits and started investigations in the matter. Director Customs Intelligence Muhammad Asif Marghoob Siddiqui informed that customs officials have been carrying out raids on strict instructions from Director General Customs Intelligence Mr. Lutfullah Virk. He reminded that last month similar goods worth Rs.68 million were also seized from Bolton Market. He acknowledged the role and assistance of Pakistan Rangers Sindh in making the operation successful and hoped that this coordination will discourage the people involved in smuggling.