ANF foils bid to smuggle 2,500kg hashish
RAWALPINDI: A bid to smuggle 2,500 kilograms of Hashish from Peshawar to Lahore was foiled Tuesday when the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANC) Rawalpindi raided a mini truck at Grand Trunk Road (GT Road) near Sangjani Toll Plaza, The News reported.
According to ANF spokesman, the raid was conducted on information from intelligence that the drug mafia would try to smuggle a huge quantity of drugs to central Punjab, which would later be shifted to other provinces, he said.
A team was deployed at GT Road near Sangjani Toll Plaza, which intercepted a mini-truck bearing registration number LES-8846, loaded with cellulose, the spokesman said.
He further elaborated that apparently it was a mini-truck for local transportation of roughage to deceive the ANF, but the team recovered 2,500 kilograms of hashish packed in cartons. The team also arrested driver Zahid Mehmood, son of Jalal Din, a resident of Lahore.
During preliminary questioning, the arrested man told investigation officers that he was attached with a Lahore-based drug mafia as a carrier, adding that he was taking hashish to Lahore.
The ANF officials engaged with the investigation of the case didn’t rule out the possibility of smuggling of narcotics across the border.[google-map]