‘Magic sugar’, nautilus shells seized in Jolo pier PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 July 2013 13:58

Combined maritime authorities seized an undetermined amount of sodium cyclamate or popularly known as “magic sugar” and nautilus shells during an inspection on a passenger/cargo vessel docked at the Jolo pier last Sunday.

Belated reports reaching the Philippine Coast Guard headquarters in Manila said a Vessel Safety Enforcement Inspection team composed of the Coast Guard (CG) Station-Zamboanga, CG K9 Unit, CG Special Operations Group, and the PNP Maritime Group checked MV Mama Mia after authorities received a tip regarding the shipment of the illegal stuff.

A K9 discovered the magic sugar neatly wrapped in white sacks concealed in four cartons of dried fish.

Likewise, during the pre-departure inspection on the same vessel, the VSEI team discovered and confiscated a carton which contained 176 chambered nautilus shell that were also concealed in a dried fish and dried sea cucumber box.

No one among the crew of MV Mama Mia and passengers claimed ownership of the confiscated magic sugar, hence, it was seized and was temporarily placed under the custody of PNP Maritime Group prior to turn over to proper authorities.

Possession of nautilus shells are prohibited under the Fisheries Inspection and Quarantine Service Clearance issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BFAR-ARMM).

Further investigation also revealed that the seized items were supposed to be shipped to Zamboanga City. After the inventory, the banned items were turned over to BFAR-ARMM Jolo as witnessed by representatives of PNP Maritime Group-Jolo.