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Bid to smuggle heroin to Malaysia foiled.

Karachi Pakistani customs authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle one of the largest quantities of heroin to Malaysia disguised as a commercial consignment at Karachi seaport, an official said yesterday.

The heroin was hidden in onion bags in a shipping container and after recovery it weighed 125 kilogrammes which is valued over Rs1.2 billion, Mohammad Ebrahim Vighio, the collector of Pakistan Customs, told a press conference.

Arrested

The official said a 40-foot refrigerated container carrying onions in 5,400 bags of five kilogrammes each was brought for export to Malaysian port Klan. The authorities suspected foul play while examining the shipment papers that showed that both the exporter's as well as the clearing agent's names were different from the earlier parties.

"We conducted a detailed inspection and we found some bags in the container had onions in yellow and purple coloured pouches," Vaghio said.

"Upon opening those pouches we recovered brown heroin concealed inside that was covered with solution tape and balloons," he said.

The authorities opened all 5,400 onion bags and collected some 830 pouches which contained heroin each having 145 to 155 grammes.

The customs official said that the exporter Yasoob Agencies brought the goods for export for the first time.

The clearing agent Al Muqtidar Services was also previously dealing in import cargo.

The customs authorities arrested the agent, Khalil Muqtadir and one of his employees Sajjad.

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