KARACHI: Directorate of Customs Intelligence Peshawar has seized narcotics worth Rs1.9 million. An FIR has been lodged and investigations are underway.

Directorate had received credible information that narcotics would be smuggled to Punjab through a vehicle via motorway.

In anticipation, the Anti-smuggling organization (ASO) Drug Cell staff established a picket near Shobara Chowk, Nowshera. During the course of snap checking, a suspected Toyota Motor Car was seen coming from Peshawar side. It was signaled to stop but the driver ignored the signal and sped away. After chase by the staff, the driver of the car abandoned his vehicle and decamped from the spot.

The vehicle was searched on spot by the staff of Drug Cell and found contrabands (Charas and Opium) tactfully concealed in secret cavities especially designed into the rear doors of car. The motor car was then brought to the premises of the Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation, Peshawar where thorough search led to the recovery of 18.5 kgs of Charas and 01 kg Opium, which has been seized along with carrier vehicle.

The estimated value of the aforementioned seized narcotics is Rs1.9 million while the vehicle is valued at Rs1.0 million.