Cotabato City, Philippines: Agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Region 9 (CIDG-9) seized some P1.1-million worth of smuggled cigarettes in an operation in Labangan town, Zamboanga del Sur on Thursday, September 22.
CIDG agents arrested Adsar Modapil Buhari, 29, while unloading 34 boxes of Indonesian-made San Marino cigarettes in Purok Gutob in Barangay Old Labangan in Labangan town.
Major William Maisog of CIDG-9’s Regional Special Operation Team said on Friday the operation that resulted in the prompt interception of the smuggled cigarettes was premised on tips by vigilant residents of Labangan municipality.
Buhari’s companion, Mohammad Yasser Ismael Nakan, had escaped just as CIDG 9 agents and personnel of the Labangan Municipal Police Station were closing in, guided by tipsters, among them barangay officials.
Maisog said the confiscated P1.1-million worth of imported cigarettes shall be turned over to the Bureau of Customs (BoC) for proper disposition.
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He said the anti-smuggling operation was assisted by units of the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Police Office. (John Unson)