P10.08-M contraband confiscated

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Operatives from the Bureau of Customs and police authorities scored anew after intercepting fresh deliveries of 224 master cases of smuggled cigarettes worth P10.08 million for this city and in Pagadian City.

BoC Zamboanga City district collector Segundo Barte Jr. disclosed that a fresh haul of smuggled cigarettes was recorded by the authorities in three different sites and locations in this city after Customs step-up their campaign on border control.

“Our new customs commissioner wanted me to clear the Zamboanga peninsula region and the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi of smuggled cigarettes and other imported goods,” Barte said.

According to Barte, Customs and policemen intercepted in three consecutive days — from Saturday to Monday — deliveries of smuggled cigarettes to Pagadian City and Zamboanga City.

He added that policemen manning a checkpoint in Barangay Kasanyangan in this city intercepted 50 master cases of assorted brands of imported cigarettes worth P2.25 million on Monday. Each master case of imported cigarettes has a market value of P45,000.

Barte also revealed that another team of Customs and policemen from the 2nd Zamboanga City Mobile Force Company conducted a seaborne patrol at the coastal sea lanes of Manalipa Island off the coast of this city on Sunday.

During their patrol, they were able to intercept a red Jungkong type bound for Pagadian City and loaded with 38 master cases of Royal and 104 master cases of Delta Black worth P6.39 million and manned by five individuals identified as Baser M. Polding, the skipper of the watercraft: Arip B. Pawaki; Lipae A. Hasbi; Adi A. Atag and Angga D. Palahuddin.

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