GWADAR: Customs Intelligence and Investigation Gwadar has seized one ton of narcotics worth Rs245 million.
In pursuance of the directions of the Director General, Intelligence & Investigation-Customs, Faiz Ahmed, to beef up Anti-Smuggling drive, the Director Intelligence & Investigation-Customs Gwadar Tahir Qureshi has advised the formation to expedite anti-smuggling activities.
Information was passed through Collector to Additional Collector Moin Afzal regarding movement of narcotics. Deputy Director Majid Gaad formed a team of to strengthen surveillance in the area and mounted strict vigilance on the movement of drugs.
Resultantly, the team of Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation-Custom, Gwadar Camp office at Gaddani comprising IOs Muhammad Sadiq, Iftikhar Hanif Kurd and Shaikh Mehmood Akbar, in collaboration with the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency has made a successful seizure of 1,000 kg approx Hashish/Charas at Sapat, Liyari, District Lasbella, Balochistan.
The approximate value of narcotics is Rs245 million. The impugned drugs have been seized and teams have been constituted to put the involved cartel to task. The FIR has been lodged and further investigation is in process.
Gwadar is a port city in the Balochistan province of Pakistan and has been known to be a hub for narcotics smuggling due to its proximity to Afghanistan, which is one of the largest producers of opium in the world.
The drug trade in Gwadar is run by various criminal groups and drug traffickers who smuggle narcotics such as heroin, opium, and hashish from Afghanistan into Pakistan and then transport them to other parts of the world, including Europe and the United States. The drug trafficking trade in Gwadar is often linked to organized crime syndicates and terrorist groups, which use the proceeds from the drug trade to fund their operations.
To combat the narcotics smuggling in Gwadar, the Pakistani government has taken various measures, including increasing security at the port and strengthening its law enforcement agencies. The government has also sought the assistance of international agencies such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to tackle the problem of drug trafficking in the region.
Despite these efforts, narcotics smuggling in Gwadar continues to be a major challenge, and the government and law enforcement agencies are constantly working to curb the problem and prevent the city from becoming a transit point for drug trafficking.