HYDERABAD: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation seized 26 tons of smuggled betel nuts during crackdown.
Sources told, that Director Customs I&I Dr. Sadiqullah Khan instructed ASO to keep extra vigilance, in particular against the organized smuggling of contraband items.
Consequently, pursuing a source report that three different consignments of smuggled contraband goods would be transported from Usta Muhammad (Balochistan) to different locations in Sindh via Indus Highway, the team of SIU of the Directorate successfully executed an operation and apprehended three 10-wheeler Hino trucks from Sehwan Sharif district Jamshoro which were carrying smuggled betel nuts under the garb of bhoosa (animal feed). The team of SIU took over the possession of the truck loaded with smuggled betel nuts into custody and brought to the office of the Directorate.
Sources told that the drivers of the trucks fled away taking advantage of bushes around the road sides and they managed to escape from the scene. The detailed examination of the recovered contraband goods loaded on above three vehicles has resulted into recovery of 26,000 kilograms (approx) smuggled betel nuts along with three 10-wheelers vehicles, valuing Rs56.5 million (approx).