2,500 sacks of smuggled rice apprehended PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 March 2018 16:43

By Remus Ong

At least 2,500 sacks of suspected smuggled rice aboard two boats were apprehended along the Baliwasan seaside last Friday.

A police report said that two jungkong-type boats carrying 2,500 sacks of suspected smuggled rice were apprehended 300 yards from the Taha wharf in Baliwasan at around 10:35pm Friday night.

The smuggled goods were aboard the ML Fatima and the MB Rajena when they were apprehended by elements of the Coast Guard Zamboanga Station, Task Force Zamboanga, and the Bureau of Customs.

An inspection by authorities onboard also showed initial maritime violations.

Authorities used K-9 dogs to inspect the vessels for the presence of explosives and narcotics but the inspection yielded negative results.

The vessels were brought to the Zamboanga seaport and docked alongside the J-Phia, another vessel found to have thousands of sacks of smuggled rice.

Recall that last January, P125-million worth of smuggled rice was apprehended aboard the J-Phia off the seas of Olutanga municipality by coast guard personnel.  (Remus Ong)