Navy: 3 rice smuggling vessels captured off ZC PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2014 11:07

Units from Naval Forces Western Mindanao intercepted and captured three motor vessels carrying 11,300 sacks of smuggled rice on the coastal waters off Zamboanga City Tuesday night.

Rear Admiral Jesus C. Millan, Naval Forces Western Command head, identified the captured motor launches as M/L Fadzrimar-J, allegedly owned by Margani A. Jailani; M/L Fatima Nurwani, operated by one Ani Askan; and M/L MJT-II, owned by one Rayhana Taib.

He said that at the time of apprehension, the M/L Fadzrimar was carrying 2,500 sacks of smuggled rice; the M/L Fatima Nurwani, 6,000 sacks; and the M/L MJT-II, 2,800 sacks.

Millan said that the vessels were intercepted by the BRP Emilio Liwanag (PG-118) and MPAC BA-487 and a Special Boat UNit while conducting routine maritime patrols.

The smuggled rice has a market value of P8,125,000.

All apprehended watercraft and their cargoes were properly turned over to the Bureau of Customs Zamboanga City for proper documentation and filing of appropriate charges.