Smuggled red onions intercepted

The Naval Forces Western Mindanao said Tuesday that its operatives intercepted 44,000 kilos of smuggled red onions in Varadero de Cawit, Zamboanga City.

The NFWM, together with the Philippine Coast Guard, Marine Battalion Landing Team-11, the Intelligence Operatives of Western Mindanao, JTF Zamboanga and the Bureau of Customs District Zamboanga, successfully intercepted a van loaded with more or less 3,000 bags of smuggled red onions.

Authorities also prevented another watercraft from smuggling more or less 8,000 mesh bags of the same items, each weighing four kilos. All the seized smuggled onions total to approximately 44,000 kilos.

Meantime, state troops said that another watercraft identified as ML ZHARY — which was loaded with more or less 300 drums of smuggled petroleum, oil and lubricant products
— was subjected to Visit, Board, Search and Seizure by the joint elements in the vicinity of Barangay Cawit in the city.

The involved vehicle, watercraft and smuggled items were held and are still subjected to proper inventory before their turnover to the appropriate agency for proper disposition.

NFWM Acting Public Affairs Officer Chymee Gagarra said the accomplishment is part of NFWM and Western Mindanao Command’s strong resolve and commitment to assist other government agencies and local government units in their campaign to eradicate smuggling and other illegal activities in the Zamboanga region.


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