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INTELLIGENCE information from concerned citizens has been of great help in the government’s campaign against the smuggling and sale of illegal cigarettes as demonstrated by the latest enforcement activities.
The latest proof that gives credence to information tips to the authorities is the successful operation conducted at checkpoints in Parang, Maguindanao and Davao City.
Authorities at a checkpoint on the National Highway, Barangay Macasandig, Parang, Maguindanao waited until 1 a.m. on June 6 following a tip from an informant that an aluminum van with plate number CBB-3079 would deliver the smuggled cigarettes from Lanao del Sur.
In a report from the Maguindanao del Norte Police Provincial Office, it said that the long wait of its personnel was successful after the seizure of 10 master cases of Fort, a brand of smuggled cigarettes estimated to be worth P150,000.
The operatives arrested the driver of the car, Nasser Ladguia Montaner, and is now detained by the Parang PNP to investigate the owner of the smuggled cigarettes.
They are now investigating the identity of the people behind the illegal activity after the driver confessed that the contraband was to be distributed in various areas in Maguindanao.
Authorities in Maguindanao have intensified ongoing trade enforcement activities to address the widespread sale of illegal cigarettes in Mindanao, especially the smuggling and sale of illegal cigarettes.
In another trade enforcement where authorities also acted on intelligence information, the joint forces of Task Force Davao and Toril police intercepted smuggled cigarettes at the checkpoint in Barangay Sirawan, Toril District, Davao City last June.
Upon investigation, the suspect identified as Abdullah Sawaib failed to present documents regarding the legality of his sales.
Recovered from the vehicle were 50 reams of Grow Blue, another illegal brand of cigarettes distributed and sold in Mindanao.
The two suspects in Parang, Maguindanao and Toril District Davao City are facing criminal charges for violating various provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariffs Act (CMTA) and the National Internal Revenue Code pending investigation by the sources of the smuggled cigarettes.
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