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Customs seized Ketamine worth Rs80mn in Karachi

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Press Release: MCC- Model Customs Collectorate (Exports) PMBQ- Port Muhammad Bin Qasim, Karachi has foiled an attempt to smuggle 52.6kgs of psychotropic drug Ketamine concealed in an export consignment of LED bulbs destined for Brooklyn, New York, USA.

According to the details, a credible information was received that the contraband goods i.e Ketamine may be attempted to be smuggled out of Pakistan. In follow up, The consignment of M/s Omtic International, Village Bharthan Wala, Post Office Khas Daska, Sialkot (NTN#5247010) filed through GD bearing No KPPI-SB-216891 dated 29.03.2021 declaring to contain LED Bulbs having quantity 30,000 destined for Brooklyn, NY, USA was selected for detailed scrutiny at Qasim Freight Station, Port Muhammad Bin Qasim, Karachi.

The goods were thoroughly examined and 52.6Kgs of white coloured powder was detected concealed in the base of LED Bulbs.

This powder was put to test and the testing kits confirmed that the said substance is “Ketamine”. The approximate value of seized Ketamine is Rs 80 million in international market.                 

Dr Saif-ud-din Junejo, Chief Collector, Enforcement & Compliance, Karachi appreciated the efforts of MCC (Exports) PMBQ, Karachi. Syed Fawad Ali Shah, Collector, MCC (Exports) Port Muhammad Bin Qasim, Karachi apprised the media that FIR No.2/2021 dated 08.04.2021 has been lodged before the Honourable Special Court (Customs & Taxation) Karachi.

One of the prime accused have been arrested whereas a team has been constituted under Mr. Moeen Afzal, Additional Collector, MCC (Exports) PMBQ, Karachi to arrest the main accused and other co-accused.

Further investigations are underway to arrest the mastermind and his associates.

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