: An Excise squad led by Preventive Officer M.K. Chandran seized 180 bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor from a Kozhikode native who was smuggling the product in a car from Mahe on Thursday morning.

C. Mubas, the accused in the case, was taken into custody from Moorad by the Excise squad following a tip-off. The liquor bottles were reportedly brought for distribution in Kozhikode district.

Another person who accompanied Mubas fled from the spot soon after the car was blocked by the Excise Squad. Excise officials identified him as Saju Antony. They said he was involved in several similar cases related to illegal transport of liquor.