KARACHI: Customs Enforcement Karachi has recovered large quantity of smuggled betelnut and Indian origin Gutkha. Total value of the seized goods comes to Rs133.6 million.

Information was received through Chief Collector Yaqoob Mako to Collector Enforcement Karachi Aamir Thaim to the effect that in a compound situated at A.H Metal Industrie, S.I.T.E, Karachi, huge quantity of smuggled Ghutka and betel nut were concealed and the culprits were involved in sale and supply of these hazardous goods in open markets and other parts of the country.

Therefore, in order to recover the aforementioned smuggled items, Additional Collector Amjad Rajper formed an ASO team under the supervision of Deputy Collector ASO Muhammad Tariq.

SPS, Preventive Officers and sepoys reached the premises mentioned above. A chowkidar namely Juma Khan S/o Mulla Dad was present there. He was asked about the owners/managers of the said premises which he stated that no one was present he also stated that Aman Akhtar was the owner of premises while Faraz was the owner of goods.

Since none of them was present hence notice under section 162 of the Customs Act, 1969 issued by Judicial Magistrate was then served upon chowkidar namely Juma Khan S/o Mulla Dad.

After completion of legal formalities, the customs team entered the said premises. During the search it was found that huge quantity of crushed betel nuts, foreign origin Ghutka bearing mark SHAH NIWAS packed in PP bags were lying within the premises.

The customs team waited reasonable time for legal documents from owner of goods. When no one appeared, the banned crushed betel nuts and foreign origin Ghutka bearing mark SHAH NIWAS were taken into possession.

An FIR is lodged and investigations are underway.