Customs seizes P50-M fake cigarettes

Joint operatives of the Bureau of Customs-Intelligence and Investigation Service (BOC-CIIS) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) simultaneously raided on Friday warehouses of raw materials for cigarettes in Bulacan and Pangasinan while criminal charges were filed against the owners of an illicit depot in Davao where P50 million worth of fake cigarettes was seized.

Seized by the raiding team were hundreds of boxes and sacks of tobacco, cigarette filters, cigarette paper, cigarette label, fake Internal Revenue seal, plastic wrappers, aluminum foils and sealants, among others, as well as several delivery trucks and private cars.

The raw materials were used for the manufacture of fake cigarette products like Marvels, Mighty, La Reyna Mascada, Marlboro, Philip Morris, Jackpot and Skag Fortune, which are originally produced by Philip Morris-Fortune Tobacco Corp.