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BOC seizes P2.45 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in Davao City

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has intercepted suspected smuggled cigarettes worth around P2.45 million in Sirawan, Davao City.

In a statement Tuesday, the customs said it busted 4,250 reams of illicit cigarettes and a Hyundai Porter Freezer Van at a checkpoint in the Toril district on October 31.

BOC-Davao District Collector Erastus Sandino Austria issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the smuggled items for violating Section 1113 in relation to Section 117 and Section 400 of the Republic Act (RA) No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Meanwhile, the arrested suspects will face charges for violating Section 1138 of RA 10863.

The seized items were immediately turned over to the customs while the suspects were placed in the custody of the local police, the BOC said. — Sundy Locus/BM, GMA Integrated News