QUETTA: Customs Investigation and Intelligence Quetta ha seized large quantity of smuggled betel nut, which was being smuggled in a LPG Bowser to hoodwink the authorities.

Information was passed Through Director Muhammad Ismail to Deputy Director Muhammad Zohaib that huge quantity of foreign origin betel nut would be transported through Hino trailer with LPG bowser from Noshki to Quetta and down country under the garb of fake Customs documents.

A team was formed comprising IO Muhammad Shabbir and S. Hamid Habib, LDC Zohaib Mujeeb and others to mount surveillance. During the course, the suspected vehicle was intercepted at Noshki road.

Detailed examination of the bowser led to recovery of huge quantity of Betel Nut weighing 37 tons.

The recovered foreign origin Betel Nut are smuggled one and have been brought into the country through illegally and un-authorized routes.

The recovered foreign origin smuggled Betel Nuts along with Hino Trailer with LPG Bowser were seized having being used for transportation of smuggled Betel Nuts.

A letter addressed to ETO, MRA has been sent to provide the particular of the vehicle and the basis of registration and the basis of registration.

To ascertain any manipulation, alteration, tainting or forgery exercised on the chassis number, the CCPO Quetta has also been requested to conduct the chemical examination of the chassis of the seized vehicle.

Customs I&I Quetta has been very efficient in the drive against smuggling and the team has made many cases involving revenue evasion of millions of rupees.