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PNP seizes P6.7 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga City

Authorities seized smuggled cigarettes worth around P6.37 million during an operation in Zamboanga City on Wednesday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday.

In a statement, the PNP said operatives intercepted a white Isuzu Elf loaded with 182 cases of New Orleans.

Authorities arrested the truck driver, but his two companions were able to escape. The driver was injured after jumping off the truck when he attempted to flee, according to the PNP.

“The seized products are now under the custody of the Bureau of Customs while the arrested suspect underwent booking procedure for subsequent filing of charges,” PNP officer-in-charge Police Lieutenant Vicente Danao Jr. said.

“Follow-up operation is also being conducted to account for the other suspects,” he added.

According to the PNP, the police organization is intensifying its crackdown against smuggling, particularly in the southern Philippines, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies. — Joviland Rita/BM, GMA News