Attempt to smuggle gold, medicine foiled

KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Preventive foiled an attempt to smuggle goods, which are otherwise banned to be imported in the country, worth Rs5.544 million and lodged an FIR against one Shakeel Ahmed Siddiqui.

According to details of the case, Customs staff at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, stopped a passenger later on identified as Shakeel Ahmed Siddiqui s/o Jameel Ahmed Siddiqui who had arrived from Dubai by Emirates Airlines passing through Green Channel.

The said passenger along with his baggage was diverted towards scanning machine where presence of medicines was found in his baggage.

Prior to examination, the passenger was asked to declare if he was carrying any contraband/prohibited goods in his baggage or on his person to which he denied.

Azhar Ahmad Aleemi (SPO Customs) and Muhammad Yaseen (Sepoy Customs) under the supervision of IPS Shift, Salahuddin Wazeer examined the baggage and recovered of total 120 tolas of gold slabs bearing foreign marks and numbers as “Credit Suisse 10 Tolas 999.0” and large quantity of medicines including 100 Xylocaine Pump Spray, 60 Boxes Tylenol Acetaminophen tablets USP, 100 Caverject Alprostadil 20mg injections; the seized booty is worth Rs5.544 million.

The seized gold is referred to Gold & Gems Experts for expert examination and furnishing a report as to purity and valuation of the Gold Bars.

Accused passenger Shakeel Ahmed Siddiqui s/o Jameel Ahmed Siddiqui was arrested and served with a notice under Section 171 of the Customs Act, 1969. Further investigation is in progress.

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