HYDERABAD: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) foiled a bid to smuggle huge quantity of betel nuts worth Rs38.5 million.
Sources told that Director Customs I&I Dr. Sadiqullah Khan received credible information that two separate consignments of huge quantity of betel nuts would be transported from Quetta to Karachi via Indus Highway under the garb of rice bran.
He immediately directed ASO staff headed by Deputy Director Syed Muhammad Raza Naqvi to tighten the controls and kept extra vigilance against the organized smuggling of contraband items.
The I&I squad intercepted two 10 wheelers trucks loaded with betel nuts near Sehwan Sharif, district Jamshoro. The drivers of the trucks taking advantage of darkness and bushes around the road side managed to escape from the scene.
The process of thorough examination of the contraband goods was conducted which resulted into recovery of huge quantity of betel nuts valuing Rs38.50 million. FIR is being lodged and investigations are underway.