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Cops, Marines seize P190,000 smuggled cigarettes

ZAMBOANGA. Joint police and marine troops seize some P190,000 worth of smuggled cigarettes in a checkpoint operation Sunday, October 17, at Phase 1 in Kasanyangan village, Zamboanga City. (SunStar Zamboanga)

JOINT police and Marine troops have seized P190,000 worth of smuggled cigarettes in a law enforcement operation in Zamboanga City, a top police official said Monday, October 18.

Police Colonel Rexmel Reyes, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, said the smuggled cigarettes were intercepted around 6:12 a.m. Sunday, October 17, at Phase 1 in Kasanyangan village, Zamboanga City.

He said the troops jointly launched the checkpoint operation following receipt of information that smuggled cigarettes are set to be transported through Kasanyangan village coming from nearby Basilan province.

Reyes said the cigarettes were immediately confiscated after Yasher Ismael and Alnadzri Bani, who were transporting the cargoes, failed to present documents upon inspection.

Also seized from them were two units of motorcycles.

The confiscated smuggled cigarettes, motorcycles and the two drivers were turned over to the Bureau of Customs for proper disposition.

Reyes lauded the operating units for the successful anti-smuggling operations and assured the public that the ZCPO remains steadfast in the fight against all forms of criminality, smuggling, and illegal drugs. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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