Another rice shipment seized by cops, soldiers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 31 August 2013 11:35

Another suspected illegal rice shipment was intercepted by lawmen in Zamboanga City Wednesday night.

The latest seizure took place in Barangay Rio Hondo around 9 p.m.

A police report disclosed that men of the Zamboanga City Public Safety Company under Supt. William Gadayan and 12DRC of the Philippine Army conducted a follow-up operation in Rio Hondo after receiving an information that a suspected illegally shipped rice had just arrived from the south.

Policemenand soldiers seized a total of 1,200 sacks of rice that were being unloaded from M/V Queen Sayma and transferred to two trucks driven by Basit Hadjula and Alimuzar Baguinda.

Police said the boat crew presented receipts from the Bureau of Customs under the name of Albinar Madjula and Hja. Ghana Silbin as payment of the sacks of rice dated August 16, 2013.

However, the apprehending team said the receipts with control number 01822625815 and 018226258 were already presented to the police when they apprehended another illegally shippedrice last August 23.

Moreover, lawmen noticed that the number of sacks of rice does not match with the actual number of sacks as declared in the receipts issued by the Bureau of Customs.

Police and military have coordinated with the Bureau of Customs but they received no response from the bureau because of the inclement weather at that time .

On the other hand, the Coast Guard Zamboanga also disclosed that the M/V Queen Sayma has no clearance to travel or drop anchor in any port of Zamboanga City.

The confiscated sacks of rice were brought to the central police station pending its turnover to the Bureau of Customs. – Dan Toribio Jr.