P10.6M Worth of Smuggled Cigarettes Seized in Zamboanga City Port

Customs Seized P10.6M Worth of Smuggled Cigarettes in Zamboanga Port

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) operatives seized the P10.6 million worth of cigarettes allegedly smuggled in Zamboanga City port.

According to the statement of BOC, they said that they have intercepted 300 case of smuggled cigarettes worth P10.6 million aboard MB Princess Amina, off the waters of Barangay Sinunuc, Zamboanga City.

Smuggled Cigarettes in Zamboanga

The BOC-Port of Zamboanga, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Services (CIIS), and Enforcement and Security Service-Customs Police Division (ESS-CPD) intercepted the ship on April 15 in collaboration with the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM).

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According to the BOC, the bureau prompted to conduct an operation on the MB Princess Amina, which was departing from Jolo, Sulu, en route to Zamboanga City and was reportedly carrying more than 300 cases of smuggled cigarettes, thanks to a tip from an informant.

“The BOC’s anti-smuggling operation team composed of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Services (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Service- Customs Police Division (ESS-CPD), in collaboration and unison with the Naval Intelligence and Security Group-Western Mindanao (NISG-WM) and Naval Forces Western Mindanao planned and executed a successful anti-smuggling operation on the said vessel,” the Customs said.

“This resulted in the seizure of more than 300 cases of undocumented cigarettes having an estimated value of P10.6 million, which was eventually turned over to the Bureau of Customs for verification of the volume and amount of the seized goods, and proper disposition under Customs laws,” it added.

According to Customs, a warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) will be issued for failure to obtain a permit from the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) and violations of Executive Order No. 245, which includes the Amended Rules and Regulations Governing the Exportation and Importation of Tobacco and Tobacco Products, as well as violations of R.A. 8424, the Philippine National Internal Revenue Code.

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