PNP seizes smuggled cigarettes worth P8.9M off Zamboanga City
MANILA, Philippines — Over P8.9 million worth of smuggled cigarettes were seized during a maritime patrol off Zamboanga City, said the Philippine National Police (PNP).
In a statement on Saturday, the PNP confirmed that 255 cases and 87 reams of contraband cigarettes consisting of Wilson White, Cannon Menthol, Fort Red, Fort White and New Orleans White brands were confiscated from nine crew members of a motorized boat.
The total market value of the items was pegged at P8,925,000.
The arrested suspects were identified as Alsid Dalisan, Faizal Sangkula, Abduridjan Anni, Gaspar Susulan, Almijir Salapuddin, Bennajir Mikael, Nilson Hapas, Almujeb Abdulgari and Abdulhamik Mikael.
“They failed to present pertinent documents relating to the products they were transporting when asked by the operatives,” PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Vicente Danao Jr. said.
Danao said the seized goods are now in the custody of the Bureau of Customs.
The PNP earlier vowed to work closely with concerned law enforcement agencies in intensifying its crackdown against smuggling, especially in the southern Philippines.
Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.