P2.4M worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Zamboanga
Robie de Guzman • October 2, 2019 • 1136
MANILA, Philippines – Around 90 boxes of smuggled cigarettes estimated to be worth P2.4 million were seized in transit by the operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Port of Zamboanga last Saturday (Sept. 28).
The BOC said the smuggled cigarettes were intercepted aboard MJ Champion, a wooden watercraft locally known as “Jungkung” from Jolo, Sulu, during a joint operation in the waters off Istanbak in Lower Calarian, Zamboanga City.
BOC-Zamboanga District Collector Atty. Segundo Barte Jr. said the operation was launched after they received information that an undetermined number of smuggled cigarettes will be transported and distributed in Magay and Sta. Cruz Public Markets in Zamboanga City.
The operation was carried out by the BOC with the elements of the Philippine Coast Guard, Task Force Aduana, Naval Intelligence and Security Group Western Mindanao and Naval Special Operations Unit.
“A Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) will be issued against the smuggled cigarettes for violation of Executive Order No. 245, the Amended Rules and Regulations Governing the Exportation and Importation of Leaf Tobacco and Tobacco Products, and Section 117 of Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA),” the BOC said.
“A WSD will also be issued against the vessel, MJ Champion, for transporting the smuggled cigarettes which is a violation of Section 1113 of the CMTA,” it added.
Last September 18, around 30 cartons of assorted cigarettes estimated to be worth P900,000 were also seized at the Port of Zamboanga. The cartons were loaded into two hatch back type vehicles inside the pier area.
MANILA, Philippines — Two persons who allegedly claimed a parcel containing P600,000 worth of Kush Marijuana were arrested by authorities, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.
The BOC identified the two as Van Joshua Magpantay and Johnyengle Hernandez who were arrested on Saturday by agents from the bureau, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG).
They were apprehended in a vape shop in Lipa City, Batangas during a controlled delivery operation jointly conducted by the BOC, PDEA, and IADITG.
The BOC said the parcel, which arrived thru Fedex Pasay City, was sent by a certain Nina Manual from California, USA.
It was misdeclared as “musical instruments” and consigned to a certain “Dimitria Escalona” of Batangas.
When subjected to x-ray scanning and physical examination, the parcel was found to contain two vacuum-sealed transparent plastics of 500 grams of dried leaves later identified as high-grade marijuana, also known as Kush.
“The apprehended claimants and seized dangerous drugs are now under the custodial investigation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for filing of criminal charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act,” the BOC said in a statement.
The latest apprehension follows the seizure of P1 million worth of ecstasy tablets in Central Mail Exchange Center, it added.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday said its operatives have seized a package containing a total of 20 endangered tarantula spiders and eight scorpions allegedly smuggled through Central Mail Exchange Center.
The BOC said 28 plastic containers individually housing the tarantulas and scorpions were found upon opening of the package on January 6.
Bureau records show that the package from Samut Parakain, Thailand was misdeclared as “teaching equipment,” and imported without the necessary permits.
The tarantulas and scorpions were immediately transferred and turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit (DENR WTMU) for rehabilitation and care, the BOC said.
Illegal importation, collection and trade of endangered wildlife are punishable by imprisonment of six years and a fine of P200,000.00 under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act.
The unlawful importation of goods with appraised value of more than P250,000 including duties and taxes is also punishable under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
Last October 2020, the BOC-NAIA also intercepted 119 tarantulas from Poland which were concealed in a pair of rubber shoes.
MANILA, Philippines — A total of 535 pieces of ecstasy tablets inside an air parcel was intercepted at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) with a street value of P1-M , the Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported.
The seized tablets were initially discovered by Customs personnel at CMEC during the 100% physical examination of the air parcel.
Subsequent laboratory tests conducted by the PDEA confirmed the tablets as Ecstasy or “party drugs”.
Records further show that the subject air parcel came from the Netherlands and was misdeclared as “documents”.
The operation was a collaboration among members of the BOC Port of NAIA, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG).
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