‘STRONGER’ intelligence cooperation between the Customs bureaus of the Philippines and China yielded another positive result with the confiscation on Monday by the Bureau of Customs of a shipment of smuggled cigarettes worth P18.9 million.
BoC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, who led the opening of the 1X40 container van of the smuggled cigarettes at the Manila International Container Port (MICP), identified the consignee as ‘Marid Industrial Marketing’ with office address in Paco, Manila and the signing customs broker as one ‘Carme Ann Rollon’ who holds an office in Urbiztondo St., Manila.
He added that the accreditation of the company and that of Rollon would be revoked aside from the filing of appropriate charges against them for smuggling.
The shipment, described as 890 cartons of industrial artificial fur texture was found to actually contain 914 cartons of assorted cigarette brands such as, Jackpot,’ ‘Fortune,’ ‘John Marvels’ and ‘U2.’
A highly-placed source who declined to be named said that even prior to the shipment’s arrival last April 4, deputy commissioner for intelligence, Ricardo Quinto, had already been advised by his counterpart in China that a shipment of cigarettes is on its way to the Philippines.
“Nasa dagat pa lang ’yung kargamento ‘natimbrehan’ na si DCI Quinto na may darating na mga sigarilyo at idadaan ito sa MICP,” the source bared.
Quinto then “discretely” informed Lapeña and MICP officials under Coll. Maritess Martin to be on the lookout for its arrival.
An x-ray examination done by the bureau’s ‘X-Ray Inspection Project’ (XIP) under Zsae Carrie de Guzman last April 10 confirmed the accuracy of the intelligence provided to Quinto.
Early last month, the bureau also confiscated smuggled cigarettes from China worth more than P8 million.