KARACHI: Collectorate of Customs Preventive seized huge quantity of smuggled betel nuts worth Rs54 million during two Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs).
Sources told Customs Today that Customs Preventive anti-smuggling squad led by Assistant Collector Shafiullah conducted an operation in S.I.T.E Area, Karachi and after necessary legal procedure recovered 1,920 PP bags containing foreign origin betel nuts, total weighing 48 tons and 200 cartons of sweet supari, total weighing 6 tons.
The total value of seized smuggled goods is Rs54 million. Similarly, the anti-smuggling organization conducted another operation in S.I.T.E Area, Karachi and recovered 358 PP bags containing foreign origin betel nut weighing 15.3 tons valuing Rs15.3 million.
FIRs against the owners were lodged accordingly. All the factories involved in such practices are being monitored closely and an immediate action will be taken against them if found processing the smuggled betel nuts.