MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized some P1.3 billion in fake cigarettes, raw tobacco materials and cigarette packing machines in a raid earlier this week in Naguilian town, Isabela, authorities said.
On the strength of a letter of authority, operatives of the Bureau of Customs Enforcement and Security Service (BOC-ESS) on Thursday stormed the warehouse in Barangay Palattao that allegedly manufactured the counterfeit products.
Some 2,000 master cases of assorted cigarettes, 10 units of cigarette-making machines, 12 units of cigarette packing machines and 300 boxes of tobacco raw materials were found inside the warehouse.
“The said goods were immediately intercepted by Customs for lack of permit and violation of Customs laws, rules and regulations,” the agency said in a statement.
Local officials, police and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) were also part of the raid. – Report from Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News