ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police arrested a suspect and seized a shipment of some PHP1 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga del Sur province, a police official said Monday.
Brig.Gen. Neil Alinsañgan, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) director, said Ajijul Sabtal, 30, was arrested around 10:55 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Boyugan West, Kumalarang town.
Alinsañgan said personnel of the 2nd Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Mobile Force Company were conducting a checkpoint operation when they flagged down a van driven by Sabtal along the highway in Boyugan West, Kumalarang.
Upon inspection, Alinsañgan said the van was found to be loaded with 85 master cases of undocumented assorted cigarettes with an estimated worth of PHP1,035,000.
The cigarettes came from Zamboanga City and to be delivered in Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur, he said.
Alinsañgan said the suspect and contraband, including the vehicle, were brought to Kumalarang Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNA)