CITY OF ZAMBOANGA – Police officers, acting on reliable information, seized a shipment of approximately PHP 1.7 million worth of contraband cigarettes in this town.
The shipment of smuggled cigarettes was seized around 3 p.m. Friday in Barangay San Roque here by a joint team from the Criminal Investigation and Detection and Management Unit (CIDMU) of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO ) and station 7 of the ZCPO.
Major Elmer Solon, head of CIDMU, said on Saturday they immediately established a checkpoint after receiving information from a confidential informant that a vehicle loaded with contraband cigarettes was passing through Barangay San Roque, specifically near from primary school.
However, Solon said the driver of the van with registration number JCU-1743 suddenly got off and fled when he saw the checkpoint near the school.
“Upon inspection it was found that the van matches the description given [to] by the confidential informant,” he told the Philippine News Agency.
He said the van was loaded with an assortment of contraband cigarettes worth PHP 1.68 million.
He said the van and the confiscated cigarettes were towed by the order of the city government task force and handed over to the custody of ZCPO Station 7 for proper disposal.
Friday’s confiscation was the second shipment of contraband cigarettes seized in this city since January this year.
The first confiscation worth PHP 2.2 million was seized on February 6 at RT Lim Boulevard here. (NAP)