MULTAN: Customs and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team deputed at the Multan International Airport foiled an attempt to smuggle cigarettes to Jeddah.
According to details, customs team intercepted a passenger at Multan International Airport during examination of luggage. The customs team was conducting their routine checking of passenger luggage through scanning at the time of departure where they found huge quantity of branded cigarettes packed in different pattern.
Customs teams re-examined the goods in ordered to clear their doubts about the luggage. During thorough examination of passenger Customs team found that passenger has concealed almost 25 cartons (dandas) which was placed in the dresses. Customs teams recovered cigarettes from the luggage of passenger Bashir Ahmad who is resident of Dera Ghazi Khan and he was trying to smuggle cigarettes from Multan to Jeddah through flight no PA- 870.
Customs teams and Federal Investigation Agency asked the passenger about recovered cigarettes and he informed that he was taking cigarettes for his friends residing in Saudi Arabia. According to law passengers are allowed to take 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 1/2 kilogram of tobacco along with them.
It is pertinent to mention here that Multan Customs staff has taken special measures to prevent any sort of smuggling from Multan International Airport.
Multan Customs staff seized the recovered the cigarettes after taking into custody. Further investigations are still under process.