By Our Special Correspondent
LAHORE: Chief Collector Customs and collector Lahore Preventive have awarded the customs Airport officers and officials for foiling bid to smuggle 275 kg ketamine worth billions of rupees.
Ketamine is known probably for its history of abuse as a club drug. But it could also be one of the biggest breakthroughs in treating severe depression in years.
The Customs authorities on the direction s of additional collector Tayyba Kiyani Moeed searched the luggage of a passenger and recovered 275 kg ketamine wrapped in the sweets in the boxes. Chief collector Zeba Hai Azhar and collector Ahmed Rauf appreciated the officers and officials service who foiled bid to smuggle ketamine.
Collectorate of Customs Preventive team deputed at Allama Iqbal International Airport (AIIA) foiled a bid to smuggle ketamine to Malaysia worth Rs650 million.
Chief Collector Zeba Hai Azhar and Rauf Ahmed gave away certificate of excellence to Assistant Collector Salman Javaid, Superintendent Malik Javaid, inspectors Rana Munir Niazi and Mian Tariq and others for their successful operation.
The collector said that the party that attempted to smuggle the drugs would be dealt with iron hand according to law and a case has been registered against them.
He said that further their investigations are under way. On the occasion collector Customs Rauf Ahmed lauded the efforts of the airport customs officials and officers including additional collector Tayaba Kiyanai Moeed and assistant collector Salman Javaid. The chief collector hopped that the customs officers and officials would further prove to be an iron wall against any illegal movement of drugs and other goods and articles. Sources said that on 13.5.3019, Collector Preventive Ahmad Rauf received credible information about smuggling of narcotics through Allama Iqbal International Airport. He immediately constituted a team under the supervision of Additional Collector Tayyaba Kayani Moeed.
The customs team also included Assistant Collector Salman Javed and Superintendent Malik Javed. During checking of luggage of Qatar Airlines flight, they intercepted a parcel and recovered 275 kilograms ketamine tactfully concealed in a 450 kilograms food-stuff consignment destined for Malaysia via Qatar airlines. The parcel was booked by M/s IV Trading Company Lahore. Sources that customs team detained the parcel and after registering FIR started further investigations. It is pertinent to mention here that Additional Collector Tayyaba Kayani Moeed directed all anti-smuggling squad especially deputed at exit and entry points of the city to adopt zero tolerance policy towards smuggling. She directed that anyone who found involved in smuggling should be dealt with an iron hands.