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BOC Zamboanga intercepts P3.5M cigarettes

  • Smuggled cigarettes worth an estimated P3.5 million were seized by the Bureau of Customs and other law enforcement agencies in Zamboanga City
  • MPB Arshan, manned by four crew members and bound for mainland Zamboanga, was transporting 100 master cases of King Perfect cigarettes when intercepted
  • The seized cigarettes and watercraft are now in the custody of BOC for inventory and disposition for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and Executive Order No. 245

Smuggled cigarettes worth an estimated P3.5 million were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and other law enforcement agencies in a joint operation on July 15 in Manalipa Island in Zamboanga City.

BOC-Zamboanga, in collaboration with the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Coast Guard, and other law enforcement agencies, conducted a seaborne patrol and intercepted MPB Arshan, a motorized wooden watercraft locally known as “jungkong.”

MPB Arshan, manned by four crew members and bound for mainland Zamboanga, was transporting 100 master cases of King Perfect cigarettes with a total estimated value of P3.5 million when intercepted.

Operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted visual inspection and paneling on the items for possible presence of illegal drugs.

The seized cigarettes and watercraft are now in the custody of BOC for proper inventory and disposition for violation of Section 117 (Regulated Importation and Exportation) and Section 1113 (a) of Republic Act 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA); and the Tobacco Exportation and Importation Rules and Regulations being implemented by the National Tobacco Administration pursuant to Executive Order No. 245.

According to Section 1113 (a) of the CMTA, any vehicle, vessel or aircraft, including cargo, which shall be used unlawfully to import or export goods or convey or transport smuggled goods in commercial quantities into or from any Philippine port or place will be seized.

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