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Indonesian Customs foils attempts to smuggle rattan

JAKARTA: The Tanjung Priok Customs and Excise Agency has foiled an attempt to illegally export five containers of rattan worth Rp 549.91 million (US$49,201) to China. The agency’s head, Bahaduri Wijayanta said that the agency seized the containers during an inspection at the Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta. The confiscated rattan was of a type ... Read More »

Kenya: Vietnamese arrested with rhino horns

Nairobi: A 29-year-old Vietnamese national was on Tuesday arrested while trying to smuggle five rhino horns out of the country at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The man was in transit from Maputo, Mozambique en-route to Hong Kong via Doha, Qatar. Le Manh Cuong was detected and seized by a joint security team comprising the Kenya Airports Police Unit, ... Read More »

Gardai seizes contraband cigarettes worth €4.3m

DUBLIN: A businessman who is regarded as a kingpin in the cross-border fuel laundering trade has been arrested by Gardai after a major cigarettes seizure. The cigarettes have a retail value of €4.3m and represent a potential loss to the Exchequer of €3.7m. He is one of four men detained following the joint operation between the Garda and Revenue service, ... Read More »

Man held for smuggling 6kg gold in India

NEW DELHI: A man was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle into the country gold worth about Rs17.3 million in Indian currency at an international airport here. The passenger, who hails from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, was intercepted by customs officials after his arrival from Dubai. “On x-ray of his baggage nothing objectionable was noticed. However, during his personal search, ... Read More »

Anti-smuggling wing confiscates 512 computer LCDs

LAHORE: Lahore Model Customs Collectorate anti-smuggling wing on Wednesday seized at least 512 non-duty paid Computer LCDs at Faizpur Interchange. Official source said that a team of anti-smuggling wing on a tip-off raided a Mazda truck and confiscated 512 computer LCDs worth Rs 25 lakh market value. Source said that LCDs were being smuggled from Peshawar to a Lahore market. ... Read More »

Hong Kong customs net 135 boxes of copycat mooncakes

HONG KONG: Customs officers are no strangers to counterfeit red wine and pork luncheon meat. But as the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches next week. They have seized their first mooncakes bearing the forged trademark of a traditional bakery in Yuen Long. The Hang Heung Cake Shop is the latest brand to fall victim to counterfeiters after 135 boxes of double-yolk white ... Read More »

Navy officer held in Sri Lanka over people smuggling

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan police have arrested a navy officer suspected of involvement in smuggling people in fishing boats to Australia. Australia announced tough new measures in mid-July to discourage illegal boatpeople. Since then, local police have apprehended three boats and detained 300 Sri Lankans, including 56 women and 93 children. The Sri Lankan officer was taken into custody following the ... Read More »

Indian Customs arrests man with 1kg cocaine in stomach

MUMBAI: The Indian customs officials have arrested a Ghana national at Mumbai’s international airport for allegedly trying to smuggle 1kg of cocaine into the city. According to assistant commissioner of Customs, Rishi Yadav, the accused had filled the cocaine in 76 capsules, which were found in his stomach at the time of his arrest. The cocaine is said to be ... Read More »

NZ Customs nets wildlife smuggler with fish in pants

WELLINGTON: A Vietnamese man’s attempt to smuggle tropical fish into New Zealand in his pants floundered when he tried to get through customs with his pockets dripping water, officials said. The man arrived at Auckland airport from Australia and officials suspected something was fishy because liquid was seeping from the bulging pockets of his cargo pants. The man initially said ... Read More »

Thailand seizes 100kg of ivory from Africa

BANGKOK: Thai customs said they had arrested two Vietnamese air passengers after finding more than 100kg of ivory in their luggage on a flight from Angola. The haul, which included whole tusks, ivory beads and shaped cubes which could be used for carving, was worth around $500,000, customs. It was found in luggage belonging to a Vietnamese man and woman ... Read More »

Sri Lankan customs makes largest drug bust in South Asia

ORUGODAWATTA: Sri Lankan customs officials have made largest-ever drug bust of South Asia by seizing more than 100kg of heroin. It is believed the container loaded with drugs had been brought down from Pakistan. Meanwhile, police said two suspects who allegedly imported the container have been arrested. It added the drug bust was the result of a two month long ... Read More »

Gwadar Customs foils smuggling bid; seizes plastic granule, HSD

GWADAR: Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Gwadar has foiled a bid to smuggle 6,250kgs of plastic granule and also seized over 9,000 litres of smuggled Iranian high speed diesel (HSD) in two different raids. Sources said that the customs officials have successfully carried out operations despite bad law and order situation in Gwadar and nearby areas. “Besides the resistance from the ... Read More »

Five held in Australia’s largest anti-smuggling raids

SYDNEY: Five men from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been arrested and accused of facilitating the passage of up to 132 asylum-seekers boats in Australia’s largest-ever people-smuggling sting, police said. The men – an Iranian, 21, a Pakistani national, 46, and three Afghans aged 40, 34 and 33 – were detained in a major nationwide operation bringing together 12 months ... Read More »

Four charged with scorpion smuggling in NZ

QUEENSTOWN: Four people have been charged with smuggling live scorpions into Queenstown from Australia. Ministry of Primary Industries investigators charged the men with breaches of the Biosecurity Act after six black rock scorpions were allegedly smuggled from Australia through Christchurch International Airport and then into Queenstown. The four-month biosecurity investigation started in April and was codenamed Operation Rock. Three defendants ... Read More »

US customs officials seize counterfeit watches of $1.2m

LOS ANGELES: US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized $1.2 million in counterfeit Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Omega watches at Los Angeles International Airport. The 215 pieces, which had arrived from China via air cargo, would be worth $1.25 million if sold as genuine at suggested retail prices, the CBP said. The CBP officers discovered the counterfeit merchandise ... Read More »

Chinese customs seize 169 smuggled bear paws

TONGJIANG: Authorities have busted a bear paw smuggling ring in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, arresting five people and seizing 169 bear paws, local customs officials said on Friday. Customs officers in the city of Kiamusze received a tip-off that a stash of bear paws had been smuggled into China through the border city of Tongjiang and transported to the provincial ... Read More »

Lahore: Customs seizes cloth worth Rs 3.2m

LAHORE: Model Customs Anti Smuggling wing has confiscated about 16,000 meter cloth worth million of rupees. According to details, the anti smuggling wing on a tip-off raided on a truck at Band Road and confiscated about 16,000 meter imported cloth worth of Rs 3.2 million. Read More »

Customs seizes 20 antique coins from two passengers

ISLAMABAD: Customs Intelligence has seized antique coins from passengers going to Thailand here at Islamabad Airport. On 14-08-2013 at about 10.15pm, two passengers, later on identified as Subhan Ullah and Zakir Ullah and residents of Peshawar, having passport No. Z62445301 and AA5323522 respectively, departing to Bangkok via flight No. 350, were found suspicious. Personal search of the aforesaid passengers who ... Read More »

Nigeria: Customs seizes 4 containers cleared by system hackers

LAGOS: The Port and Terminals Multi-Purpose Services Limited (PTML), command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has seized four containers laden with prohibited items just as it raked in a total of N33.8 billion for the second quarter of the year. Customs Area Comptroller Tajudeen Olarewaju said the containers were falsely released by persons who hacked into the customs’ computer ... Read More »

Joint operation in US leads to $7.2m marijuana seizure

TUCSON: Joint enforcement operations, aimed at combating transnational criminal organisations operating in the west desert, resulted in the seizure of nearly 14,500 pounds of marijuana. West Desert Task Force members, working with Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine air assets, responded to detection technology near the village of Ventana on the Tohono O’odham Nation. There, agents discovered ... Read More »