Karachi: ‘Hash-tachios’ seized at airport
KARACHI: With drug watchdogs across the globe keeping a close eye on the smuggling activities, smugglers are becoming ever more cunning in their efforts to avoid being caught and a classic example of this was a Costa Rica–bound consignment of pistachios seized by the Pakistan Customs Drug Enforcement Cell that had been stuffed with hashish. Qamar Thalho of Pakistan Customs said that that the DEC staff, while clearing its outgoing international mail, intercepted a parcel booked for Costa Rica from Quetta. The sender had declared the contents as “dry fruit”.
When the parcel was examined, it contained pistachios. However, a closer look revealed that contraband, Hashish, was stuffed into the shells in the form of small balls. It was found that after the pistachios had been replaced with the drugs, the shells were put back together with transparent glue.
A prosecution case under the Control of Narcotics Substances Act, 1997 was registered and efforts were being made to apprehend the sender of the seized parcel. Further investigations were in progress.
In addition to this, 4.90 Kg of heroin was also recovered and seized from outgoing passengers and parcels by the DEC during the months of September and October, 2012.