Lahore: Customs seized Rs99.6mn contraband till June
LAHORE: Lahore Customs Collectorate’s Anti-Smuggling and Drug Enforcement Cell has seized contraband goods, including narcotics, worth Rs99.6 million (customs and freight value) in the first five months of 2010 as compared to items worth Rs89.8m seized in the same period of 2009.
Up to 119 cases were registered in the first five months of current fiscal against 67 cases registered in the corresponding period.
During the period, seven smugglers were arrested as compared to 17 detentions in the same period of 2009.
Official statistics reveal that as many as 97 vehicles worth Rs92.4 million, tyres and tubes worth Rs966,400, miscellaneous goods worth Rs875,000, cloth worth Rs3.8 million, auto parts worth Rs550,000 and mobile oil worth Rs700,000 were seized in the first five months of 2010.
As many as 34 vehicles worth Rs27.2 million, foreign tyres worth Rs3 million, cloth worth Rs19.015 million, miscellaneous goods worth Rs6.148 million, foreign and local cigarettes worth Rs625,000 and other items, including dry fruit, black tea, spare parts, electronic goods, Khopra, re-rollable steel, firecrackers, soaps and shampoos, silk yarn, tape, body sprays, dry-battery cells and auto parts worth hundreds of thousands were seized during the period under review.
Customs authorities seized total 5.22kg heroin worth Rs1.45 million during the period. Similarly, up to 2.27kg heroin worth Rs454,000 and 18.34kg charas worth Rs5.5 million was seized in the corresponding period of 2009.