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URA Nabs Sophisticated Smugglers

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)’s Intelligence team at Busia Customs-Eastern Uganda over the weekend nabbed smugglers using  the recently-deployed mobile scanners.

URA says the smugglers had undeclared the goods, but they were detected using the mobile scanners.

Ian Rumanyika, the Acting Assistant Commissioner-Public & Corporate Affairs at URA says   the goods were in the bus Registration number T 506 DHX belonging to Moshi Luxury Coach.

“On Saturday morning, the bus appeared to our check point and we embarked on searching. It seemed empty because they had fabricated a layer to cover the goods. We subjected it to a scanner and used a grinder to cut the top layer only to find several concealed goods,” Rumanyika told Business Focus.

Some of the taxable goods that had been hidden in the bus

He said the driver and the conductor denied any knowledge of what was being carried, but they were arrested as investigations to reveal the owner commenced.

“URA will continue to step up intelligence using the mobile and drive through scanners to target all buses and trucks,” Rumanyika warned.

 

Taddewo William Senyonyi
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