Zamboanga Customs seizes P153-M smuggled cigarettes

Zamboanga Customs seizes P153-M smuggled cigarettes

District Collector Segundo Sigmundfreud “Jun” Z. Barte Jr.

By Junex Doronio

ZAMBOANGA CITY — In just six months, from January to June this year, the Bureau of Customs Port of Zamboanga (BOC-POZ) under the leadership of District Collector Segundo Sigmundfreud “Jun” Z. Barte Jr. has seized a total of P153 million worth of smuggled cigarettes.

This included the P9.6 million worth of goods intercepted by the BOC-POZ Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), in coordination with the 2nd Zamboanga City Mobile Force Company “Seaborne” on Tuesday, June 21, off the waters of Manalipa in this city.

Barte said the joint anti-smuggling operation resulted in the successful interception of one motorized wooden watercraft marked “FB JAMAIKA”.

He added that the said watercraft was boarded by 10 crew members which came from Jolo, Sulu, and were bound to Cotabato City.

They were transporting a total of 275 master cases and 32 reams of Fort White Cigarettes with an estimated total value of more than P9.6 million.

The seized watercraft and the master cases of cigarettes are now under the custody of the BOC for proper disposition for violation of Section 1113 (a) of R.A. 10863 otherwise known as the “Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) of 2016 in relation to Section 117 and “Tobacco Exportation and Importation Rules and Regulations” being implemented by the National Tobacco Administration pursuant to Executive Order No. 245.

Barte also disclosed that about P110 million worth of cigarettes were condemned last April. (ai/mtvn)

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