P6M smuggled sugar seized off Recodo PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 January 2016 14:20

The Philippine Navy has intercepted and seized a shipment of P6 million worth of contraband offshore this city, a top PN official announced Saturday.

Rear Adm. Jorge Amba, Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) commander, said the contraband were intercepted aboard a wooden-hulled vessel around 11:35 p.m. Thursday in the waters of Barangay Recodo, 14.45 kilometers west of City Hall.

Amba said the Navy personnel led by Lt. Reynyleo Ballesteros were aboard a Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) when they spotted M/L Alkawasar with three motorized bancas along her side in the act of unloading cargoes.

Amba said the three motorized bancas sped to different directions while the Navy personnel aboard MPAC (BA 484) were approaching M/L Alkawsar.

He said the Navy sailors, upon the conduct of board and search, found that M/L Alkawsar was loaded with 1,500 sacks of refined sugar and assorted cargoes.

He said it was also found out that the vessel and crew as well as the cargoes do not have pertinent documents.

He said further investigation showed that M/L Alkawsar and its cargoes came from Sandakan, Sabah and had just arrived in this city.

He said the vessel and its cargoes was turned over to the Bureau of Customs-Zamboanga District Office for proper documentation and filing of appropriate charges.

He added they conduct regular patrols and the apprehension of the contraband manifests the command’s never ending commitment to support maritime law enforcement efforts of the government.