By Freddie C. Velez
Guiguinto, Bulacan — The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Central Luzon once again discovered and raided a factory of counterfeit cigarettes in Barangay Tabe, this town, yesterday.
Mayor Ambrosio “Boy” Cruz Jr. confirmed to local media that the CIDG operatives were armed with a search warrant from the court when they swooped down on the RIS Compound and secured all factory personnel and machineries.
Supt. Lito Patay, head of the CIDG raiding team, coordinated with the local government and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in conducting the inspection of the cigarette factory which was clandestinely operating.
A CIDG operative, who asked not to be named as he was not authorized to give official details on the operation, told The Manila Bulletin that the factory is allegedly owned by a Chinese national, who was not present during the inspection.
The operative said the owner’s wife and around 70 workers have been rounded up and that the inspection team allegedly discovered two cigarette makers; one line cigarette maker and packer; handpacking and sealing equipment; undetermined volume of Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp (MFTC), Mighty and illicit whites (IW) or contraband finished goods; boxes of counterfeit tax stamps (green and pink stamps); boxes of filter rods, packaging materials, cut fillers, empty master cases, filter papers, and other raw materials.
He added that the Bureaus of Customs (BOC) and of Internal Revenue (BIR) will take custody of the machines and goods.
It will be recalled that sometime in June, 2017, the same place was raided by the Bureau of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) for the same offense.
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