Narcotics worth – Rs5bn seized in Quetta raid
QUETTA, Dec 20 Custom authorities have claimed to foil a major bid of narcotics smuggled inside the country in Quetta’s Kuchlak area on Saturday morning.
Custom personnel seized more than 400 kilograms of heroin and 27 kilograms of opium in a successful raid near Kuchlak, located some 25 kilometres north-west of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
Zahoor Akhtar Raja, the Collector Customs Balochistan, told Dawn that acting on a tip-off, a truck was intercepted near Kuchlak and a huge quantity of narcotics was seized.
He said two accused men carrying the narcotics were also arrested during the raid.
“We are interrogating both accused men,” Raja stated.
The accused men were identified as residents of Pakistan’s volatile region of Wana. Raja stated that the value of seized narcotics was around 5 billion rupees in the international market.
“The accused were trying to smuggle the heroin to different parts of the country”, the Collector Customs said.
Balochistan is considered to be a transit route for drug smugglers, who use frequented and unfrequented routes of the province to smuggle narcotics to Gulf States and Iran on their way to Europe. It borders with Afghanistan’s volatile province Helmand, which stands first across the world in terms of opium production.