KARACHI: MCC Preventive staff posted at Jinnah International Airport (JIAP) foiled an attempt of heroin smuggling and arrested two persons, who were leaving for Maldives via Dubai.

Customs staff posted at the International Departure JIAP Karachi after profiling selected the passengers and their luggage on suspicion of drugs smuggling. On examination of the two bags 10 Kg heroin powder was recovered from two Pakistani passengers husband and wife resident of Karachi.

The drugs were cleverly concealed inside the false cavity of two suitcases. The passengers were leaving for Maldives via Dubai by a private Airline. The passengers are husband and wife, both were arrested immediately.

Immediate interrogation from accused persons revealed that other two suitcases containing Heroine powder for smuggling are lying at their residence. A customs raiding party headed by the Deputy Collector Airport raided the residence of the accused at night and recovered two more suitcases each containing 05 Kg Heroin powder.

The total recovered Heroin powder comes to 20 Kg worth Rs200 million in International market. This is the biggest quantity seized from any outgoing passenger by Pakistan Customs staff at International Departures, Karachi or any other agency in last 10 years.

It is also pertinent to mention that this is the first ever case in the history of Pakistan Customs MCC Preventive Karachi that such huge quantity has been recovered instantly in result of initial investigation and pointing through by arrested passenger.

Further investigation regarding the person who handed over the Heroin concealed suitcases to the accused persons are under way. FIR against the arrested accused persons has been lodged in the Court of Law and they have been remanded in Customs custody for further investigation.