‘Smuggled’ rice, sugar seized in Caloocan warehouse

Bureau of Customs personnel confiscated tons of suspected smuggled rice and sugar that they discovered during a surprise inspection at a warehouse in Caloocan City.

According to BOC, by virtue of the Letter of Authority, their personnel raided a warehouse located on Deparo Road, where the establishment was forced to open after its owners refused to cooperate with the inspection team.

Aside from sacks of rice and sugar, repacking machines that authorities believe are used to change the packaging of imported rice and sugar to make them appear locally sourced were also seized from the building.

Just this weekend, customs agents also inspected four warehouses in Barangay Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan where they discovered at least 60,000 bags of suspected hoarded sugar.

It can be recalled that just last week, Malacañang said that the authorities will continue the inspection to determine if the current shortage in sugar supply is artificial.

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