20 million pesos of smuggled cigarettes seized by customs at Davao port

Authorities inspect the 20 million pesos of contraband cigarettes confiscated in Davao del Sur on March 24, 2022 (Photo by BOC)

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) – Port of Davao has confiscated 20 million pesos worth of contraband cigarettes in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.

According to a BOC report on Tuesday, Davao Port, through its customs intelligence and investigation department, X-ray inspection project and enforcement security department, and in coordination with Philippine National Police, seized 690 master cases of contraband cigarettes in a joint buyout operation on March 24.

“The buy-bust operation resulted in the apprehension of various cigarette brands such as Wilson, Champion, EXXE, Absolute Blue, among others,” the BOC said.

District collector Erastus Sandino Austria has already issued a seizure and detention warrant against the contraband goods under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, according to BOC.

The agency ensured to protect the country’s borders against the entry of contraband goods.

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