9.6 million pesos of smuggled cigarettes intercepted in the city of Zamboanga

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MANILA, Philippines – Some 9.6 million pesos of contraband cigarettes have been intercepted off Manalipa in the city of Zamboanga, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported on Friday.

The bureau said a total of 275 master cases and 32 reams of Fort White cigarettes with a total estimated value of over 9.6 million pesos were recovered inside a wooden motorized boat marked “FB JAMAIKA” during a joint operation on 21 June.

Also inside the craft were 10 crew members who traveled from Jolo to Sulu and were heading to Cotabato City, BOC said.

The joint operation was carried out by the Bureau’s Enforcement and Security Service and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service units.

The office said the seized craft and the main cases of cigarettes are now in their custody for proper disposition for breach of the Tariffs and Modernization Act 2016 and the Export and Export Rules and Regulations. import of tobacco.

The port of Zamboanga apprehended more than 153 million pesos worth of contraband goods from January to June 2022 and fined 110 million pesos worth of cigarettes in April 2022, according to District Collector Segundo Sigmundfreud Z. Barte Jr.

Barte said the BOC and other law enforcement agencies will continue to step up border control against smuggling and other customs fraud. – Xander Dave Ceballos, intern

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