Cigarettes intercepted in Indanan


COTABATO CITY — Another batch of smuggled cigarettes amounting to more than half a million pesos was confiscated last Sunday by police in Indanan town, Sulu.

Brig. Gen. Prexy D. Tanggawohn, Bangsamoro police director, said the seizure of 45 large boxes of cigarettes from Indonesia valued at P540,000 was made a day after a bigger haul worth P21 million was intercepted in Glan, Sarangani.

Local officials said the latest seizure of smuggled cigarettes consigned to traders in Indanan and Jolo town, was the result of a tip from Tausug community leaders and barangay officials.

A team composed of personnel from the Sulu Provincial Police Office and the Indanan Municipal Police Station intercepted the contraband as smugglers were offloading the boxes of cigarettes from a watercraft in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan. — John Felix M. Unson