2 snatched P750-K contraband cigarettes seized in Pagadian City


CAPTURE. Fifty boxes of suspected contraband cigarettes are loaded into a police vehicle at a checkpoint in Barangay Baloyboan, Pagadian town, Zamboanga del Sur, Friday, October 29, 2021. The truck driver and his assistant failed to present any documents proving that their shipment is legal. (Photo courtesy of Jazel Lagumbay / MalindangPH Facebook)

CITY OF ZAMBOANGA – Police authorities are preparing charges against two people caught transporting around PHP 750,000 of contraband cigarettes to Zamboanga del Sur.

According to a report released on Saturday by Colonel Roel Lami-ing, director of the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Police, suspects Samuel Abrenica, 51, a delivery truck driver, and his 18-year-old assistant Bienvenido Ancheta Jr., have arrested at around 11:30 a.m. on Friday by joint police and military personnel at Barangay Baloyboan in the provincial capital, Pagadian City

Lami-ing said the troops were handling the Community Police Assistance Center checkpoint when they intercepted the truck loaded with 50 main crates and bound for Zamboanga Sibugay.

He said the duo failed to present documents proving the legality of their shipment of 27 Green Commando cigarette cases, 22 Red Commando cases and one Premier case.

On October 17, police also seized an illegal shipment of cigarettes at Barangay Upper Bag-ong Tudela, Josefina – 874 reams of Indonesian-made Gudang Baru cigarettes worth PHP 786,600. (ANP)

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