KARACHI: The ASO team of Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) Karachi has seized a truck loaded with betel nut.
On the instructions of Director I&I Karachi Khalil Yousafani, Additional Director Rana Tasleem and Deputy Director Tauseef Gorchani have strengthened the intelligence network and increased monitoring of popular transport routes.
During the course, a truck was spotted and intercepted. Checking of the vehicle led to recovery of betel nut, which was being transported in the garb of rice. The goods belonged to notorious smuggler Haji Nabi Bukhsh (New Baluchistan Goods).
However, when the ASO team started to move the seized truck, several vehicles carrying armed persons attempted to attack the ASO team and snatch the seized vehicle. However, ASO team efficiently thwarted every attempt of the armed persons and safely brought the vehicle to its premises.
An official said Pakistan Customs had tightened the noose around the smugglers across the country and giving tough time to the smugglers.
It may be mentioned here that the trucks and containers transporting smuggled goods are now being escorted by armed persons in luxury vehicles such as Vigo and Prado.