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BOC-Zamboanga seizes P95M smuggled cigarettes

November 03, 2019 - Sunday 6:11 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image A few of the 2,727 master cases of smuggled Cannon and Fort Cigarettes with estimated value of P95 million found inside the ML Three Brothers

The operation stemmed from confidential information received by authorities that more or less 3,000 alleged smuggled cigarettes were onboard ML Three Brothers anchored in the vicinity waters off Siasi Sulu.

District Collector Segundo Sigmundfreud Z. Barte Jr. expressed his appreciation to the Naval Intelligence and Security Group Western Mindanao for the immediate response and collaborative efforts to curb smuggling activities.

“The close coordination of law enforcement agencies is the key in winning the battle against smuggling particularly in ZAMBASULTA area,” Barte said.

The District Collector added that this is the biggest haul in the history of the Port of Zamboanga.

The confiscated cigarettes are now in their custody for  issuance of Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) due to the absence of import permit from the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) and for violation of Executive Order No. 245 entitled  “Amended Rules and Regulations Governing the Exportation and Importation of Leaf Tobacco and Tobacco Products” and Sections 117 and 1113 paragraphs f and g of the Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). MDM