Smuggled P2.1-M Cigarettes Intercepted in Davao City – Manila Bulletin

Smuggled P2.1-M Cigarettes Intercepted in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (PNA) – Smuggled cigarettes worth 2.1 million pesos were intercepted at Barangay Sirawan checkpoint in Toril district here before dawn on Sunday July 17.

DAVAO town police seized 4,250 reams of contraband cigarettes worth 2.1 million pula at Sirawan checkpoint in Toril district on Sunday July 17. (PNA/Task Force Davao)

In a statement, Task Force Davao (TFD) reported that Davao City Police Bureau personnel intercepted the closed delivery truck carrying 4,250 reams of cigarettes packed in 85 boxes around 2 a.m.

Two suspected smugglers were arrested. The TFD identified them as Romel Penetrante, 43, and Robert Penetrante, 25, both residents of Barangay Sasa here.

Apart from the suspected smugglers, Oliver Opias, 32, a resident of Barangay Tibungco, that town, was also arrested at Barangay Lasang checkpoint in Bunawan district for possession of illegal drugs.

Opias was on a public service bus when he was caught with a shabu believed to weigh around 0.09 grams and with an estimated street value of 1,440 pesos.

TFD Commander Col. Darren Comia said in a statement that intensified screening operations at all border checkpoints will continue to prevent the entry of illegal items that could affect the city’s economy.

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