MULTAN: Collectorate of Customs Preventive Investigation and Prosecution (I&P) branch has lodged FIR against suspect involved in smuggling of foreign origin cloth recovered by Anti-Smuggling Organization in their action.
According to details, Anti-Smuggling Organization staff intercepted suspected container bearing registration number JT-9138/ on the credible information received by Additional Collector Syed Ali Abbas Gardezi. The impounded container was intercepted near Zahir Peer Darbar Rahim Yar Khan area and recovered huge quantity of foreign origin cloths of Rs.22 million during examination of the said truck.
Customs anti-smuggling Sadiqabad squad asked the driver to provide documents of the said recovered goods to justify its legal possession but he failed to produce any relevant documents. Multan Customs seized the smuggled goods under Customs act and Customs Investigation & Prosecution lodges FIR no. 14/2019 against accuse for smuggling goods.
Driver of the container and his companion left the vehicle and ran away from scene to avoid their arrest leaving container on the road. Multan Customs found from recovered bilties during investigation that said cloth was belong to M/s Muavia Traders & Co and M/s Sitara Al-Usman Goods were nominated for smuggling attempt under Customs Rules and under section U/S 2(s) 16, 32, 32A, 157(2), 178 of the Customs Act 1969.
It was also revealed that that smuggler was trying to supply Iran and Indian origin ladies chiffon blended suits in assorted colours and designs packed in plastic wrappings of rolls and different cities of South Punjab. The net weight of recovered ladies cloths was almost 10020 kilograms.
Customs Investigation and Prosecution has lodged criminal case against owner M/s Muavia Traders & Co and transporter M/s Sitara Al-Usman Goods for smuggling of cloth after investigation. Further Investigation against accused was still under process in