Karachi: Customs seizes 1kg heroin from Ukrainian passenger
KARACHI: The Pakistan Customs’ Drug Enforcement Cell (DEC), Karachi Airport Unit has seized 1kg of fine quality heroin that was concealed in the suitcase and footwear of a Ukrainian passenger. “The DEC staff posted at the international departure hall of the Jinnah International Airport intercepted an outgoing passenger, Makbul Khan, a Pakistan–born Ukrainian leaving for Donetsk in Ukraine via Dubai by Fly Dubai Airlines flight FZ332 from Karachi,” Customs official Qamar Thalho said on Saturday. “As the passenger could not satisfactorily reply to the Customs’ questioning, his baggage comprising a trolley suitcase was thoroughly examined, leading to the recovery of 700 grams of fine quality heroin cleverly concealed in false cavities and the metallic frame of the suitcase. Subsequently, the Customs staff also examined the passenger’s footwear and found another 300 grams heroin, which the carrier had concealed in the shoes’ cavities under the innersoles.”
The passenger was arrested and a prosecution case under Control of Narcotics Substances Act, 1997 registered against him. During initial investigation, it was learnt that the Khan was born in Peshawar and a doctor by profession.
The Customs DEC staff had earlier arrested two Pakistani passengers for smuggling the contraband Amphetamine to Kuala Lumpur and heroin to Jeddah. This was in addition to the arrest of a Pakistani passenger, who was trying to smuggle a prohibited amount of foreign currency out of the country.