Authorities raided a warehouse in Santiago, Isabela where an abandoned truck was discovered to contain 86 master cases of fake Marvel and Mighty cigarettes.
“The Bureau of Customs reiterates its commitment to prevent the entry of smuggled and fake goods as the same may have serious effects on the health of unknowing users as well as the impact it will have on legitimate manufacturers and importers,” the BOC said in a statement.
The agency also reported that inventory procedures are currently on-going to determine the exact volume and amount of the seized cigarettes. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday warned the public against unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of initiatives to promote the use of online systems amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic by posing as bureau personnel to extort money from their victims.
The BOC issued the warning following reports of people claiming to have communicated with individuals allegedly from the bureau who in turn ask payment for the release of their packages.
The bureau said these scammers are using fake Bureau of Customs e-mail accounts and websites as means to swindle their victims.
Shipments containing Kush and various marijuana infused products worth more than P1.6 million were recently seized at the Port of Clark in Pampanga, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Friday.
In a statement, the BOC said its operatives intercepted the shipments after conducting strict profiling of consignees, importation documents and non-intrusive examination of eight shipments from the United States of America, Canada, France and Germany.
The bureau said that out of the eight shipments, two were suspected to contain kush marijuana leaves which were declared as “2 gift shirts and 2 baby blankets.”
The BOC said this prompted the opening of the package which revealed two gift shirts used to cover eight vacuum sealed packs of dried leaves and toppings while the two baby blankets covered three vacuum sealed packs of dried leaves suspected to be marijuana.
The other six shipments contained various marijuana infused products such as two small boxes of CBD creams, 4 pieces of inhalers made with hemp cannabidoil, a CBD Vape Pen, two packs of CBD infused gummies, six packs of Juicy Jay Hemp Wraps, three bottles of Bergland Tee Baum, three bottles of Japanissches Minz-Heilol, 15 pieces of disposable CBD cartridges and 23 boxes of E-liquid pods.
“The shipments were likewise subjected to K9 sniffing which indicated the presence of illegal drugs. Thereafter, PDEA chemical analysis was conducted and showed positive result for the presence of marijuana, affirming the suspicion of the Customs Examiners,” the BOC said.
Warrants of Seizure and Detention (WSD) were issued by District Collector Ruby Alameda against the subject shipments for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act in relation to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The BOC said the seized items have been turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 3 last August 5.
In coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the BOC raided the warehouse and discovered 1,000 master cases of illicit cigarettes and 648 boxes of fake N95 masks which copied designs and logos of famous luxury fashion brands.
The seized items has been transported to the ESS Security Coral located in the Port of Manila for further inventory and investigation.
“The latest apprehension affirms the Bureau’s steadfast committment in preventing the entry of smuggled items into the country as well as protecting the public from the dangers of using fake items such as protective equipment especially during this time of pandemic,” the BOC said. AAC
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