Hot on the heels of a large haul of cell phone sets worth Tk 30 crore from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on May 28, the Customs Intelligence officials seized around 7,000 more mobile phone sets worth Tk 20 crore on Saturday morning.
The mobile sets were brought in by a Hong Kong Airways fight that landed at the airport at 10:40am, Shahiduzzaman Sarkar, Assistant Commissioner of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID), told the Daily Observer.
On secret information, the team launched a search at the Cargo Bay of the airport and recovered the mobile sets in 24 cartons, the Customs official said. The market value of the seized mobile sets is estimated at Tk 20 crore, the official added.
Earlier on May 28, the Customs officials seized around 15,000 mobile sets worth Tk 30 crore from the same place which was also carried by a flight of Hong Kong Airways.
In another drive, Customs Intelligence officials seized 150 cartons of illegal foreign cigarettes and detained a passenger from Malaysia at the airport in the capital on Saturday.
Assistant Director of CIID Umme Nahida told journalists the passenger, identified as Md Masudur Rahman of Keraniganj in Dhaka, arrived from Kuala Lumpur on board a Malaysian Airlines flight at noon.
While he was passing through the airport's green channel, CIID members challenged him and recovered the 150 cartons of cigarettes searching his luggage after scanning, added the CIID Assistant Director. So far 28,000 cartons of smuggled cigarettes were seized by the CIID from the airport within last 22 months.