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Customs seizes smuggled cigarettes

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ZAMBOANGA CITY — Police authorities — in close coordination with operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in this city — raided two suspected warehouses of alleged smuggled imported cigarettes in Zamboanga del Norte and confiscated about 260 master cases of assorted tobacco leave products worth about P260,000.

BoC-Zamboanga City district collector Segundo Barte Jr. narrated that policemen from the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Special Operations Group and BoC operatives simultaneously raided two storage warehouses of imported cigarettes.

BoC operatives and policemen raided first the bodega located at Barangay New Tambo in Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte, and confiscated 11 master cases of assorted brands of alleged smuggled cigarettes with an estimated market value of P150,000.

It was followed by another raid at a warehouse located at Barangay Conacon in Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte and confiscated about nine mater cases of imported and smuggled cigarettes worth P110,000.

Barte disclosed that the raid was a result of information they received from an informant about the presence of imported cigarettes in bodegas located in Katipunan and Polanco in the province.
However, there were no arrests made.

Barte said police and military operatives in Zamboanga peninsula, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (ZamBaSulTa) has continued to maintain their momentum in the campaign against smuggling of imported cigarettes in ZamBaSulTa.

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