THE Bureau of Customs recently intercepted P65 million worth of fake cigarettes and other goods smuggled in Davao City.
The team, composed of BOC, Port of Davao and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), inspected eight different warehouses in Bgys. Uya-nguren, Sta. Ana and Obrero after receiving an intelligence report that fake cigarettes were being smuggled into the city.
Six of the eight warehouses were found to have contraband stuffed in 2,542 boxes. Among those found and confiscated were imitations of cigarette brands Mighty & More and Two Moons, fake Baoma mosquito killer products and whitening lotions.
The operation was conducted after Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon released a mission order for the enforcement team. BOC Inspector Jonel Pogoy said the confiscated goods allegedly belong to Taiwanese nationals Shi Yue Qun and Benedict Rene Tan. The seized goods were hauled and kept safe at the Port of Davao for processing, and will later on be destroyed.