Anti-Contraband Operation Nets 7, P6.2-M Contraband Cigarettes

ZAMBOANGA. Lawyers arrest seven people and seize some 6.2 million pesos worth of contraband cigarettes during anti-smuggling operations on Saturday July 16 off the coast of this city. A photo shows the boxes of cigarettes which were confiscated by the joint police and Customs Bureau team during the anti-smuggling operation. (SunStar Zamboanga)

Lawyers arrested seven people and seized some 6.2 million pesos worth of contraband cigarettes during anti-smuggling operations off Zamboanga city, police reported on Saturday July 16.

Police Colonel Richard Verceles, chief of operations of the Western Mindanao Area Police Command, said the suspected smugglers were arrested and the contraband seized around 1 a.m. on Saturday July 16, near the island of Manalipa, in the town of Zamboanga.

Verceles said the joint team of police and Customs Bureau personnel were on a maritime patrol when they stumbled upon and stopped a motor boat named ‘MPB King’ with seven people on board which had come from Sulu. towards the province of Zamboanga Sibugay.

He identified them as: Benzar Jajales, 48; Binbin Asiri, 31; Elnejin Asiril, 24 years old; Minkadra Sakili, 39; Sherwin Masakin, 39; Adzmir Bakki, 32; and Pajing Muknan, 29.

He said the motorboat was loaded with 178 master cases of assorted cigarettes without relevant documents with an estimated street value of 6.2 million pesos.

Verceles said the crew members, the motorboat and the confiscated cigarettes were turned over to the custody of the BOC for proper disposal. (SunStar Zamboanga)

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