Navy seizes P3.8-M smuggled cigarettes off Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA. Operatives of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao in coordination with the Bureau of Customs seized Friday, March 26, a shipment of P3.8-million smuggled cigarettes near Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga City. A photo handout shows the contraband items unloaded at the shore of Naval Station Romulo Espaldon, Zamboanga City. (SunStar Zamboanga)

THE Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) in coordination with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted a shipment of P3.8 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in Basilan Strait, an official of the NFWM announced Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Lieutenant Chester Ross Cabaltera, NFWM information officer, said the smuggled cigarettes were intercepted Friday, March 26, near Santa Crus Island, Zamboanga City.

Cabaltera said the operatives of the NFWM and BOC spotted two motorboats steaming off Zamboanga City while conducting a maritime patrol in the area. This was following receipt of a report that shipment of smuggled cigarettes was set to arrive in Zamboanga City from Jolo, Sulu.

He said the two motorboats were found to be loaded with 108 master cases of assorted smuggled cigarettes--Bravo and San Marino--with an estimated worth of P3.8 million when inspected by the joint NFWM and BOC team.

He said the two motorboats with their crew and cargo were escorted to Ensign Majini Pier of the Naval Station Romulo Espaldon in Zamboanga City for proper disposition. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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