Suspected smuggled rice shipment seized PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 August 2013 14:26

The Philippine Navy ntercepted last Tuesday night a vessel carrying 3,000 sacks of suspected smuggled rice off Sta. Cruz Island.

The vessel, ML Anraiza, was spotted by a Navy boat that was on a routinary  maritime security  patrol along the channel of Zamboanga City and Basilan strait.

Navy operatives together with policemen boarded ML Anraiza and inspected its cargo hold to see if it is carrying ammonium nitrate and other illegal  imported goods, but what they found were sacks of rice of 25 kilos each piled up aboard the vessel.

Kee Dugasan, the boat skipper, could not produce any documents on the shipment, prompting the navy to escort it to the Zamboanga City wharf where the rice shipment was turned over to the Bureau of Customs.

Police investigation showed that the vessel is owned by a certain Hadja Nur-in Said of Tulay, Jolo, Sulu. — Allen Abastillas and Dan Toribio Jr.