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Customs foils smuggling bid in Zambo, seizes vessel, P27.6m worth of cigarettes

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THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) has thwarted a smuggling attempt in Zamboanga,  resulting in the seizure of a wooden boat and smuggled cigarettes worth P27.6 million.

The BOC’s Water Patrol Division (WPD), together with Enforcement and Security Service-Customs Police Division and the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service based in Zamboanga, conducted a maritime patrol operation which led to the apprehension and seizure of the motor boat marked “FB JFM 2.”

Upon inspection, the vessel, also known as “jungkong,” was found to be loaded with smuggled cigarettes.

The arrested nine    crewmembers allegedly failed to present documents to prove the legality of their shipment.

The 2nd Zamboanga City Mobile Force Co. assisted the BOC personnel in taking the motor boat with its cargo to the BOC office address in Brgy. Baliwasan where proper inventory was conducted.

Acting district collector Arthur Sevilla Jr. commended the WPD for the successful maritime security in the area, contributing to the BOC’s efforts to curb smuggling as mandated by Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio.

The  vessel and its crew, along with the cigarettes were placed under the custody of the BOC pending seizure and forfeiture proceedings,  Commissioner Rubio acknowledged the diligence of the Port of Zamboanga Customs headed by Sevilla, the customs operatives, and other patrol groups in the area.

“Your robust maritime security efforts reflect your firm commitment to your duties, and this apprehension is a demonstration of the vigilance you bring in safeguarding our coastal borders and protecting the nation from the hazards of smuggled tobacco products,” he said.


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