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Customs strikes generate P160M in counterfeit cigarettes, smuggled goods



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Some of the fake cigarettes seized by customs during an operation last June 13. PHOTO FROM BOC

MANILA, Philippines – Officials at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have seized more than 160 million counterfeit cigarettes, cigarette-making machines and other smuggled goods at two warehouses in Bulacan province.

The BOC said on Sunday (June 23) that agents from its Execution and Security Department seized the items on June 13 still inside the warehouses in the cities of Marilao and Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

Found inside the warehouse in Sta. Maria Bulacan had nine cigarette manufacturing machines and fake cigarette tax stamps with an estimated value of P120 million.

Also found cups and imported wall clocks.

At Marilao's store, BOC agents found 339 cases of Mighty, Fortune, Hope, Belmont, Marlboro, Modern, Double Happiness and Camel fake cigarettes worth about 40 million pounds. (editor: Tony Bergonia)

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