PNP seize smuggled cigarettes worth 8.9 million pesos off Zamboanga town

Map of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Province and Basilan (FILE PHOTO INQUIRER)

MANILA, Philippines – More than 8.9 million pesos worth of contraband cigarettes were seized during a maritime patrol off the city of Zamboanga, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

In a statement on Saturday, the PNP confirmed that 255 cases and 87 reams of contraband cigarettes consisting of the brands Wilson White, Cannon Menthol, Fort Red, Fort White and New Orleans White were confiscated from nine crew members of a motorboat.

The total market value of the items was set at 8,925,000 pesos.

The arrested suspects have been identified as Alsid Dalisan, Faizal Sangkula, Abduridjan Anni, Gaspar Susulan, Almijir Salapuddin, Bennajir Mikael, Nilson Hapas, Almujeb Abdulgari and Abdulhamik Mikael.

“They did not present relevant documents regarding the products they were carrying when asked by the officers,” said the officer in charge of the PNP, Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr.

Danao said the seized goods are now in the custody of the Customs Bureau.

The PNP pledged earlier to work closely with relevant law enforcement agencies to step up its crackdown on smuggling, especially in the southern Philippines.

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