BOC, Navy intercept P25M worth of smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga
MANILA, Philippines — Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Philippine Navy operatives have intercepted a boat that was carrying smuggled tobacco products worth P25 million in Zamboanga City.
The contraband loaded onto the boat named “MJ Farnaliza” likely came from Malaysia, according to authorities. BOC and Navy members seized the smuggled cigarettes last June 20. Authorities believe MJ Farnaliza came from Jolo province.
Three crew members of the boat were also arrested during the operation, a source from BOC’s Intelligence and Investigation Service told INQUIRER.net on Monday. The source added that the crewmen, who claimed they were only hired to transport the 740 boxes of cigarettes to Zamboanga are currently placed under BOC’s custody as they undergo further investigation.
The source likewise said the identity of the contraband’s recipient was still unknown, but that the smuggled cigarettes are bound to be distributed in Sta. Cruz, Zamboanga City.
BOC agents will destroy the smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga, according to the source.
Last April, Navy operatives seized P20 million worth of cigarette products also in Zamboanga City. Authorities said this batch came from Malaysia.
(Editor: Katherine G. Adraneda)
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