Customs Seized P13M Worth of Illegal Chinese Cigarettes, Medicines

P13M Worth of Illegal Chinese Cigarettes, Medicines Seized by Bureau of Customs

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has apprehended the illegal Chinese cigarettes and medicines illegally smuggled in Parañaque City.

BOC personnel seized an estimated P13 million worth of smuggled Chinese-made cigarettes and medicines during a separate operation in Tambo, Parañaque City recently.

Illegal Chinese Cigarettes
Image Source: BOC

Armed with Letters of Authority (LOA) issued by BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guevarra, BOC personnel in collaboration with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided two storage facilities in the said area resulting in the confiscation of Chinese cigarettes and medicines.

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According to the report of Remate, BOC personnel seized an estimated value of P4 million in their first operation. On their second operation, they seized an estimated P9 million worth of cigarettes and medicines for COVID-19.

“The first operation yielded an estimated value of Php 4 Million while the subsequent operation yielded an estimated Php 9 Million worth of cigarettes and medicines which are suspected to be used to treat COVID-19,” saad ng BOC.

The investigation is ongoing to arrest those responsible for the said facility and to file a case against them for violating section 1400 of RA 10863 better known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

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