Customs JIAP continues crackdown on smuggling

KARACHI: Customs staff posted at Jinnah International Airport Karachi is continuing crackdown on illegal movement of contrabands and commercial goods.

Collector Saquif Saeed has advised Deputy Collector Inamullah Wazir to keep strict vigilance on the passengers to thwart any attempt of smuggling goods particularly contraband items.

In the last four days the following cases have been instituted:

A passenger going to Africa via Dubai through Emirates airline has been intercepted, after he had crossed ASF and ANF checks at departure lounge, and a recovery of 308 grams of pure gold (24 carat) was affected, which he had concealed in a unique manner as buckle of his belt with metallic coating on it. On further thorough search 37,000 UAE Dirhams were also recovered from his luggage, which he had not declared.FIR has be lodged and the passenger has been arrested.

A seizure of 250 grams heroin was affected at General Post Office, Karachi by Drugs Enforcement Cell of Customs Karachi Airport. The drugs were concealed in a book cover. The parcel  was booked from Punjab, Pakistan to Ontario, Canada.FIR has been registered and investigations are in progress. Value of the seized heroin is estimated to be Rs 2.5 million in international market.

In various other cases, in the last fours days, goods including watches, cell phones, liquor and other miscellaneous items worth Rs 4 million were seized by the Customs staff at Karachi Airport.

Total value of seized goods is approximately Rs11 million.

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