Bureau of Customs seized P11-M worth smuggled cigars in Zamboanga

Bureau of Customs seized P11-M worth smuggled cigars in Zamboanga

It looks like this 2019 will be a banner year for the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Always tagged as the number 1 corrupt government agency, it is now slowly doing what is expected of them, all thanks to the leadership provided by Malacanang.

Some PHP11 million worth of smuggled cigarettes aboard a commercial ferry at the port of Zamboanga (photo credit to PNA)

Custom officials were abe lto seize a shipment of smuggled cigarettes worth PHP11 million aboard a passenger-cargo ferry, in Zamboanga City.
The commercial ferry had just docked at the local port from Jolo, Sulu, when they did the confiscation.

The successful seizure was made with the help of an intelligence report that a commercial ferry loaded with assorted smuggled cigarettes and illegal drugs had left Jolo, Sulu, en route to this city. Lt. Commander Jimmy Vingno, Zamboanga Coast Guard Station commander said.

The smuggled goods consists of  158 boxes with an estimated market value of PHP11 million, which were concealed in a compartment at the vessel’s engine room.

“The said boxes of imported cigarettes were reportedly mixed with alleged illegal drugs," the official said. Government officials also did a follow-up search yielded no illegal drug on board.

Vingno said no one has claimed ownership of the confiscated contraband.

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Report from   PNA

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