Customs officials in Karachi, Pakistan, have seized more than seven tons of marijuana, valued at about 30,000,000 U.
Customs officials in Karachi, Pakistan, have seized more than seven tons of marijuana, valued at about 30,000,000 U.S. dollars GBP12,500,000 sterling). The drugs were found hidden in oil drums in a number of textile mills in the cit, during a raid on Saturday (24 Nov.).
The customs officials said the equipment in the mills was used to process and pack the marijuana into the drums, which were then smuggled out of the country. Part of the cargo was booked at Karachi airport for abroad, in the name of a non-existent diplomat.
The owner of one of the mills was arrested. He told customs officers that he'd carried on the smuggling operation with two other men, one a foreigner. The owner said he'd been paid 13,000 U.S. dollars (GBP6,000 sterling) to hold the drugs.
The haul, one of the biggest Pakistan has known, followed a stepped-up campaign by the Government to fight. the smuggling of drugs. A body called the Narcotics Control Board has been set up to check the use of drugs, the trade in drugs, and the production and smuggling of narcotics. Customs officials swooped in a similar raid recently, and found 4,525 pounds (2,050 kilos) of marijuana in Karachi, valued at 5,000,000 U.S. dollars (GBP2,000,000 sterling).