Customs intelligence confiscates smuggled goods worth Rs389 million

Customs intelligence confiscates smuggled goods worth Rs389 million

KARACHI: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation has confiscated smuggled goods worth Rs389 million in different raids, according to a statement issued on Friday.

As per details, upon receipt of credible information from DG I&I that an organized group was about to secretly dump a huge quantity of smuggled goods at a compound near Rizvia Society, Scheme 33, Malir Karachi, the Directorate of I&I Karachi deputed an anti-smuggling team for surveillance of the premises.

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The team intercepted two suspicious trucks coming out of the premises on Rashid Minhas Road. The search of the trucks revealed them to be loaded with foreign origin assorted laptops.

Upon non-production of documents of legal import/possession, the trucks along-with the drivers were escorted to the office of the Directorate.

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A third truck exiting the premises was intercepted by the team near Askari Park, University Road, Karachi and found to be loaded with smuggled Aircraft Piston Engine oil.

Thereafter, a search warrant of the premises under Section 162 of the Customs Act, 1969 was obtained and the premises were raided. Another Mazda Truck and a Suzuki pickup loaded with smuggled goods were found there.

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All the smuggled goods along-with the vehicles were brought to the Directorate. The seized smuggled goods include Laptops (3600 PCS), Watches (2396 PCS), 3 tons of Cheese, Aircraft Engine Oil (834 Cartons), Assorted Food Supplements (190 Boxes), Cosmetics of Indian Origin (67 Cartons) and other miscellaneous items.

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Total value of the smuggled goods including the trucks is Rs 38.9 crore (Rs389 million). FIR has been lodged, three persons have been arrested and further investigations are underway.