P3.5-M worth of illegal cigarettes seized in Lanao del Sur – BOC
Robie de Guzman • December 3, 2020 • 772
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday said its operatives in the Port of Cagayan de Oro have intercepted a truckload of cigarettes estimated to worth P3.5 million in Lanao del Sur.
The BOC said 68 master cases containing 3,400 reams of San Marino cigarettes were seized in Barangay Pawak, Saguiaran on November 25.
The operation was launched by the BOC-Port of Cagayan de Oro, together with the Lanao del Sur Police Provincial Office after receiving information about the transport of smuggled cigarettes from Zamboanga to some parts of Lanao del Sur.
The BOC said the illegal cigarettes were intercepted in a routine quarantine control checkpoint manned by the local police.
Suspects onboard the wing van were apprehended for “failure to present their quarantine pass and medical certificates.”
The BOC said that thorough inspection of the wing van revealed the carriage of cigarettes, which were found to be illegally imported after failure to present import permit and other necessary documents.
A Warrant of Seizure and Detention against the smuggled goods was issued in violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), the bureau said.
The illicit cigarettes are set to be disposed of awaiting court order, it added.
State security forces have intercepted a watercraft carrying P7.3 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in waters off Barangay Recodo in Zamboanga City, the Philippine Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) said.
The NFWM said elements from its Seaborne Patrol Units, Navy SEALS, intelligence operatives, and members of the Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Customs seized the contraband that was loaded on MB Dream Boat on April 28.
The smuggled cigarettes were packed in 205 master cases and were loaded in a boat coming from Sulu.
The cigarettes bore brands like Cannon, Champion, New Far Gold, and New Far Green.
The boat had a crew of 10 who were escorted to Naval Station Romulo Espaldon.
“The crew underwent a medical check-up at Camp Navarro General Hospital and were all declared to be in good condition,” the NFWM said.
The apprehended individuals and the confiscated items were turned over to the custody of BOC Zamboanga District for proper disposition, it added.
Operatives from the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Zamboanga destroyed some P50 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in a warehouse in Barangay Baliwasan.
The BOC said the smuggled cigarettes destroyed on April 13 were seized in separate operations since December 2020.
The bureau, together with representatives from different partner agencies, destroyed more than 1,278 master cases and 513 reams of cigarettes.
The seized cigarettes were crushed by payloader equipment in an outdoor yard, soaked with used oil to prevent recycling, dispersed with water by firemen, and disposed of in the sanitary landfill in Brgy. Salaan, it added.
The destruction and disposal of cigarettes is reported to be the first condemnation activity of the Port for this year.
The condemnation ceremony was witnessed by the local government unit, heads of partner law enforcement agencies, a representative from the Commission on Audit, Department of Health, and stakeholders, the BOC said.
“The immediate destruction and disposal of such contrabands was a firm directive from Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to promote transparency and remove doubts of corruption, theft, or pilferage in the agency,” it added.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday said it has confiscated ecstasy tablets and Kush marijuana estimated to worth over P3 million at different warehouses in Pasay City.
In a statement, the BOC said operatives from Customs-Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) through the Port’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group seized the illegal drugs that were found concealed in air parcels.
A total of 1,681 tablets of ecstasy with an estimated street value of P2,857,700 were found inside a microwave oven, while 133 grams of Kush Marijuana estimated at P159,600 was found inside a metal toy box.
In sum, the seized ecstasy and marijuana have an aggregate value of P3,017,300, the BOC said.
Based on records, the bureau said the seized ecstasy was shipped from the Netherlands and consigned to a recipient from Quezon City, while the intercepted Kush marijuana was shipped from the USA and consigned to a certain individual from Pasay City.
The BOC said the parcels have been turned over to the PDEA on Tuesday for case profiling and build up for possible violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act 9165) in relation to Section 119 (Restricted Importation) and Section1401 (Unlawful Importation) of Republic Act 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
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