POLICEMEN backed by coast watchmen (Bantay Dagat) intercepted a shipment of P5.6 million estimated worth of smuggled sugar off Zamboanga City.
Chief Inspector Elmer Solon, Police Station 4 chief, said the smuggled sugar was intercepted around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, in the seawaters of Taluksangay, 19 kilometers east of the city.
Solon said the shipment was intercepted when his personnel backed by the members of the Taluksangay coast watch group spotted three wooden-hulled boats while they were conducting seaborne patrol.
The police chief said the three vessels, namely, M/V Rufina, M/V Sitti Aini and M/V Rayhana, when inspected, were found to be loaded with some 2,000 sacks of 50 kilos each Thailand-made sugar.
Solon said the three ferries came from Jolo, Sulu and were set to unload their cargoes in the shore of Taluksangay village.
The estimated worth of the shipment is P5.6 million based on the prevailing price of sugar at P56 per kilo.
Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon is scheduled to arrive in Zamboanga City on Friday, August 12, to oversee the inventory of the seized smuggled sugar. (Bong Garcia)