Smuggled Vegies Worth P4.72-M Discovered in a Warehouse in Malabon
Police authorities seized various vegies worth P4.72 million that was allegedly discovered to be smuggled from a warehouse in Malabon.
The Bureau of Customs’ anti-smuggling unit stormed a warehouse in Malabon, resulting in the confiscation of around P4.72 million worth of illegal agricultural items. A warehouse raid in Catmon uncovered imported veggies such as broccoli, carrots, and red onions.
Through a Letter of Authority (LOA) and Mission Order from customs commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, BOC Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) chief Alvin Enciso led the operation with authorities from the Manila International Container Port (MICP). According to Enciso, our mission has always been to rid our ports of all forms of smuggling.
According to him, they’ve lately received information concerning smuggled fruits and vegetables, which we’ve been rigorously investigating. Smuggling agricultural items into the country, he noted, is a very personal issue for many of our compatriots, who rely greatly on our agricultural business.
Seven reefer trucks utilized as temporary cold storage were discovered in one of the compound’s facilities by joint operatives. Three of the seven were filled with illicit broccoli, red onion, and other imported goods, while the other four were empty. To secure the warehouse, the operative team used temporary seals and padlocks.
The commodities will be inventoried by a customs examiner in front of the CIIS, the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), and the Coast Guard. Guerrero complimented the BOC’s newest operation, as well as those of other government agencies, as the bureau continues to put in place safeguards in the hopes of safeguarding local companies and sectors.
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