KARACHI - Sindh Minister for Excise and Taxation, Mukesh Kumar Chawla, has said that, during the fiscal year 2008-09, the department has arrested 267 accused in special campaign against drug peddlers. While 249 cases have been lodged and 10,921kg charas, 42.699kg heroin, 4,749kg bhung, 50.30kg opium, 23,753litre raw and local liquor have been recovered while many dens have been destroyed. He was presiding over a departmental review meeting in his office here on Tuesday. Secretary Excise and Taxation Mohsin Haqqani, Special Secretary Excise and Taxation Manzoor Memon, Director General Excise and Taxation Shoaib Siddiqui and other directors attended the meeting. Director Excise and Taxation Javaid Memon informed the minister that 71 accused were arrested in Karachi while 21.219kg heroin, 249.945kg charas, 108 bottles liquor, 12 cartons of foreign wines, 745 bottles of local liquor, 2,338 litre local liquor, 7 cars, one taxi, one Suzuki, a hi-roof and three motorcycles were also recovered. Director Excise and Taxation Hyderabad Pir Muneer Jan Sarhandi informed the meeting that during the fiscal year 52 accused were arrested and 50 cases were lodged against them, while 10.375 kg heroin, 439.481 kg charas, 500 gram opium, 541 kg bhung, 26028 liter local liquor, 14000 popihead, two cars, one truck and two motorcycles were recovered. Director Excise and Taxation Sukkur, Abdul Hai Damra, told the minister that in Sukkur region 9148.861kg charas worth Rs10 million, 05.305kg heroin, 1,400kg opium and 2,687 bhung were confiscated and 60 accused were arrested while 53 cases were lodged and 3 trucks, 2 vehicles and one bicycle were taken into custody. Director Excise and Taxation Larkana Qayyum Soomro informed the meeting that 999.105kg charas, 210 gram heroin, 11kg bhung and 45 litre local liquor were recovered and 29 accused were arrested, while 25 cases were registered against the accused and one bus was confiscated. Director Mirpurkhas told the minister that 20.150kg charas, 590 gram heroin and 3,313 litre local liquor were recovered while 42 accused were arrested and 40 cases were lodged against them. On the occasion, Director General Shoaib Siddiqui briefed about the progress of provincial intelligence officer (Excise) that PLO officers recovered 95kg charas, 95kg heroin, 1,610kg bhung, 12 bottles of foreign liquor and 235 bottles of local liquor were recovered. Two trucks, one hi-roof, one car and one taxi were caught and 13 accused were arrested and cases were registered against 9 accused.