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Authorities foil delivery of smuggled cigarettes to Datu Blah Sinsuat town

Local News • 15:45 PM Sun Jun 28, 2020
John M. Unson
 The confiscated cigarettes are now in the custody of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

MAGUINDANAO --- Authorities foiled Saturday an attempt by Tausug boatmen to smuggle into the seaside Datu Blah Sinsuat town 100 boxes of cigarettes from Malaysia.

Brig. Gen. Manuel Abu of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region said Sunday the two outrigger boats carrying the contraband were intercepted Saturday in an operation by Philippine Navy and police personnel in the territorial waters of Datu Blah Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

Abu said the Navy-led operation that led to the confiscation of the illegal cigarette shipment was launched on request of Mayor Marshall Sinsuat, acting on tips from vigilant constituents.

Police investigators placed at no less than P600,000 the value of the undocumented merchandise.

Sinsuat, presiding chairperson of the inter-agency peace and order council in Datu Blah Sinsuat, said the five Tausug crewmen of the two boats loaded with imported cigarettes are now under police custody.

“Credit for the feat has to go to the 1st Marine Brigade, the Philippine Navy and the Bangsamoro regional police," Sinsuat said.

A unit of the 1st Marine Brigade and PRO-BAR agents twice foiled an attempt early this year by Tausug boatmen to deliver imported cigarettes to coastal areas in Malabang town in Lanao del Sur province in operations that resulted in the seizure of some P6 million worth of cigarettes from Malaysia.

Sinsuat said he is convinced that the smugglers arrested on Saturday could be the same persons who eluded three interception attempts last month by the Datu Blah Sinsuat police and the municipal Bantay Dagay group.

“Finally they got intercepted on Saturday through the efforts of the Philippine Navy, the Marines and the Bangsamoro regional police command,” Sinsuat said.

The arrested smugglers are now undergoing tactical interrogation by probers led by Major Ronald De Leon of the Datu Blah Sinsuat municipal police.  


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