GWADAR: The staff of the Customs Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) Gwadar seized 1,350 bags of sugar worth Rs 31.5 million in two separate operations against smuggling on Monday.

In the first operation, the staff intercepted a ten-wheeler truck loaded with 850 bags of sugar near Turbat. The driver produced a copy of a No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Turbat. However, upon careful scrutiny, it was revealed that the NOC was fake and tampered with. The owner of the goods had altered the vehicle number and the quantity of sugar in a previously used NOC. The total value of the goods was Rs 7.5 million and along with the vehicle, the value of the seizure was Rs 17.5 million.

In the second operation, the staff received an information that a truck carrying sugar was attempting to smuggle it to Afghanistan. The staff mounted surveillance and stopped the truck TK 765 near Gwadar. The driver could not produce any documents to prove the legality of the purchase of the sugar. The goods were brought to the Customs House for further examination. The total value of the goods was Rs 4 million and along with the vehicle, the value of the seizure was Rs 14 million.

This was the second operation over this weekend by the Directorate I&I Gwadar staff, who managed to seize essential commodities along with vehicles worth Rs 31.5 million in total. The Director General of Customs Intelligence and Investigation appreciated the efforts of the staff and urged them to continue their crackdown against smuggling activities.

Director Tahir Qureshi and  Additional Director Moin Afzal appreacited the work of Deputy Director Majid Gaad, Senior Intelligence officer Mohammad Sadiq and team.