Customs seizes drugs worth Rs185m at airport, sea.

KARACHI -- The Pakistan customs on Saturday claimed to have foiled two drug smuggling bids at the airport and sea and seized huge quantity of 'ice', heroin and hashish.

The collective worth of the seized drugs in the international market is estimated at Rs185 million.

In the first incident at the Jinnah International Airport, the customs staff posted at the International Departure Lounge stopped the suitcases of two Pakistani passengers - Hamdullah and Abdul Latif - travelling by Saudi Airlines via flight No SV 705 to Jeddah.

This led to recovery of 1.13kg of heroin powder and 260gram of amphetamine crystal drugs, which were concealed under the handle rods and inner cardboard of the suitcases.

A spokesperson for the customs said that both the suspects were arrested and a case was registered under the Customs and Narcotics Act.

Separately, the customs seized drugs worth Rs170m at open sea.

The official said that the Pakistan Customs Enforcement Collectorate, Karachi, Anti-Smuggling Organisation (ASO), acting on a tip-off about the presence of a suspicious launch in the sea near Rehri Goth, Kudaro Creek, constituted a team of customs officers and staff on their speedboat.

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