BOC-Port of Zamboanga, police foil P8-M worth of ‘smuggled’ cigarettes

BOC-Port of Zamboanga, police foil P8-M worth of ‘smuggled’ cigarettes

By Junex Doronio
November 6, 2022

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Heeding the marching orders of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz to curb smuggling throughout the country, the Bureau of Customs-Port of Zamboanga under District Collector Segundo Sigmundfreud Z. Barte Jr., in coordination with the city police, thwarted an alleged smuggling try of cigarettes worth P8-million.

Barte Jr. told Maharlika TV that acting on a tip from a reliable “asset” that a white van was carrying contraband, he immediately ordered the full mobilization of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and the Enforcement and Security Service-Customs Police Division (ESS-CPD) which also immediately coordinated with the Regional Special Operating Group (RSOG), CIU-Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO), and Police Station 11 (PS11) to launch a sting operation.

On Saturday, November 5, the BOC Port of Zamboanga said the combined teams intercepted 207 master cases of cigarettes with the brand “ARTHUR” on board a white Elf van traveling the road in Barangay Baliwasan in this city last November 2.

Apparently, the smugglers could have been thinking that the authorities were in their “chillax” mode amid the Catholic observance of All Souls Day.

Barte Jr. attributed the successful seizure of the “smuggled” cigarettes to the creation of a strengthened Task Force for Anti-Smuggling Operations (TFASO).

He said the vehicle and the master cases of cigarettes are now under the custody of the BOC for proper inventory and disposition, for violation of Section 1113 (a) and Section 117 of Republic Act No. 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act of 2016, in relation to the Tobacco Exportation and Importation Rules and Regulations.

Barte Jr. also disclosed that a joint inventory was later conducted with RSOG, ZCPO, PS11, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

However, the seized goods and vehicles were found negative for illegal drugs.

Barte Jr. said the recent successful operation was part of the BOC’s intensified anti-smuggling campaign in the country which includes strict implementation of stringent border control measures. (ai/mtvn)

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