By Betheena Unite
Over a hundred boxes of cigarettes smuggled into the country from Malaysia were intercepted in a port in Zamboanga City recently, the Philippine Coast Guard said Tuesday.
Responding to an intelligence report, a team from the Bureau of Customs, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines raided “MV Kristel Jane 3” for allegedly “carrying large quantities of smuggled tobacco products from Jolo, Sulu province.”
A total of 158 boxes of smuggled cigarettes were discovered inside the vessel’s engine room.
It was later learned that the smuggled cigarettes came from Sandakan, Malaysia. The smuggled goods worth more or less P11 million, the Coast Guard said.
Further search, paneling and sniffing of K9 narcotics dogs were also conducted on the boxes by PDEA agents to check the presence of any illegal drugs concealed together with the confiscated cigarettes but yielded to negative results.
The intercepted cigarettes were later brought to the Bureau of Customs District in Zamboanga City for disposition process.