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Nigeria: Pakistan Seizes 17 KG Nigeria-Bound Heroin

Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 January 2012

Pakistan Customs Drug Enforcement Cell (DEC), Karachi Airport Unit seized seventeen kilogrammes of fine quality heroin concealed in a garments consignment for Lagos, Nigeria and arrested two persons involved in the offence.

Custom Officer Qamar Thalho said Customs DEC staff at the Jinnah International Airport in pursuance of a credible information intercepted a consignment comprising eighty cartons of t-shirts being exported to Lagos, Nigeria by a Karachi-based exporter.

A detailed examination of the consignment led to the recovery of 17 kilogrammes of fine quality heroin powder that was packed in 30 polythene packets, all wrapped up in t-shirts that were kept mixed in two out of 80 cartons to hoodwink the DEC examination staff.

It is worth mentioning that the underground mafia involved in the drug smuggling always tries to exploit the extraordinary workload on weekends to materialise their ulterior motives.

Consequent upon recovery and seizure of contraband narcotics, two accused persons Mehmood Ahmad and Ashraf Abbas representing the Clearing Agents and Exporter respectively were arrested and a prosecution case under the Control of Narcotics Substances Act, 1997 was registered against them.

It may be mentioned here that the DEC staff earlier this month apprehended a Pakistani couple for their bid to smuggle 800 grammes of heroin to Colombo.

The DEC staff also arrested another man, namely Anjum Farooqui, on charges of trying to smuggle 460 grammes of heroin, artfully concealed in a laptop. He was leaving for Kuala Lumpur.

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