KARACHI: Pakistan Coast Guard (PCG) in an operation in the Saeedabad area of Karachi arrested a smuggler and recovered 59 kg of crystals worth over Rs 10 million.
According to a Coast Guard spokesperson, in view of the reports of drug trafficking, the Director-General of Pakistan Coast Guards has issued orders to the concerned commander to intensify the checking in his area and follow up on suspicious movements during the mobile patrol. He stopped the vehicle searched it and found 59 kg of high-quality crystals.
According to the spokesman, the drugs were to be smuggled abroad by sea. Its value in the global market is about. 16.10 million which in Pakistani currency is close to Rs. 179.9 million.
On the other hand, the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has conducted 35 operations across the country during which a total of 823 kg of drugs were recovered and 42 suspects including a woman were arrested. 16 vehicles used by the accused have also been seized.
A spokesman for the ANF said the drugs seized included more than 94 kilograms of heroin, more than 603 kilograms of hashish, 114 kilograms of opium, 267 grams of amphetamine, more than 5 kilograms of methamphetamine (ice), 180 ecstasy tablets, 8,330 Xanax tablets. Includes 650 grams of cannabis, 745 Rochi to tablets, and 4,700 tramadol tablets.
According to reports, the international value of the drugs exported is estimated at 70 million US dollars, the ANF said.
Earlier, Pakistan Customs (FBR) had seized smuggled liquor worth millions. Accelerating the ongoing crackdown against smuggling, Model Customs Collectorate Gwadar and the Pakistan Navy in a joint operation on the high seas, seized large consignments of foreign liquor. 4,600 bottles of foreign liquor were recovered from a boat in the open sea of Winder Dam, a coastal area of Lasbela in Balochistan. The smugglers were smuggling bottles of liquor from abroad to Pakistan. Five smugglers were arrested during the operation. According to initial estimates, the exported liquor is worth millions.
It is noteworthy that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against smuggling and has tightened surveillance on the movement of cargo at the border. Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen lauded the successful anti-trafficking drive of FBR across the country.
Chairman FBR / Secretary Revenue Division, Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed commended Member Customs (Operations) FBR, Syed Muhammad Tariq Hida for ensuring a policy of intolerance against all forms of smuggling. He reiterated his determination to fight the scourge of smuggling across the country to maximize tax compliance.
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