MANILA — Last Friday, 8 October 2021, elements of the Bureau of Customs-Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (BOC-CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Service-Customs Police Division (ESS-CPD), together with the Philippine National Police’s 2nd Zamboanga City Mobile Force Company (PNP ZCMFC) intercepted two (2) motorized wooden watercraft, locally called as “Jungkong”, loaded with assorted smuggled cigarettes with an estimated value of ₱4,795,000.
During the interception, the watercraft with body mark “M/V Mernalyn Z” was found to be loaded with more or less fifty (50) master cases of assorted smuggled cigarettes, while another watercraft with body mark “M/J AZ-ZHAHIR was loaded with an estimated eighty-seven (87) master cases of the same smuggled articles.
In total, 137 master cases of smuggled cigarettes were seized from both vessels.
The watercrafts and smuggled cigarettes shall be subject to seizure and forfeiture proceeding under Section 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)