50,000 bags of smuggled rice abandoned at sea PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 November 2018 16:12

The captain and crew of a cargo vessel abandoned their ship carrying around 50,000 sacks of alleged smuggled rice within the vicinity fo Banguingui Island in Sulu Province last Friday.

This happened after coast guard personnel apprehended the M/V Hulk during maritime patrol operations in the area.

Capt. Joseph Coyme, Southwestern Mindanao District Commander, said that a coast guard boarding team was immediately dispatched onboard a rigid hull inflatable boat to conduct a high risk board and search on the MV Hulk, a vessel homeported in Cagayan de Oro City in MIsamis Oriental.

Coast guard personnel searched all the compartments of the vessel and discovered approximately 50,000 bags of 25- kilogram of rice which have no import permits or any documents supporting its shipment.

The ship master and the vessel officers immediately disembarked from the vessel and through a motorized pumpboat, headed towards a nearby island.

Coast guard personnel operated the vessel, now docked at a private wharf in Zamboanga City.

Bureau of Customs Zamboanga Collector Jun Barte expressed his gratitude to the Coast Guard for their series of apprehension of suspected smuggled items.

The BOC will provide fifteen (15) days for the owner to claim the cargo before placing the confiscated items under auction proceedings.  (Ely Dumaboc)