1,000 sacks of imported rice seized PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:46

PNP’s Regional Maritime Unit-9 operatives seized on Thursday 1,000 sacks of imported rice from a motor vessel that was intercepted along the sealane of  Rio Hondo, Mariki, Arena Blanco and Sacol Islands.

RMU-9 Chief Sr. Supt. Shepard R. Reyes said that PNP personnel led by SPO4 Jose J. Inovia,  officer-in-charge of the 901st MARPSTA, intercepted M/B Sweet Dreams around 5:30 p.m  with 1,000 sacks of rice having marking “triple AA” aboard.

The boat skipper identified as Ajibun Amel told investigators that the imported rice cargo came from the municipality of Maluso, Basilan. Amel could not produce any legal document for the shipment of the imported rice which was later turned over to the Bureau of Customs  for documentation and proper disposition.

Meanwhile, operatives of  the Bureau of Customs Police, Regional Maritime Unit-9 and Philippine Coast Guard Zamboanga Station seized several cartons of suspected smuggled cigarettes aboard a commercial vessel that came from Bongao, Tawi-Tawi  at noon yesterday.

Customs Police Chief Samuel Labay told newsmen that the suspected smuggled cigarettes are concealed amid dry seaweeds.

“ I believe that these cigarettes are imported because Bongao is very near Sandakan and why it was hidden amid seaweeds, ”Labay said — Allen Abastillas