Fake cigarettes manufactured locally seized in Pagadian City
Counterfeit cigarettes and materials used in manufacturing fake cigarettes were uncovered in a warehouse in Pagadian City during a raid by Customs agents, the Bureau of Customs said Friday, May 29.
Several boxes of cigarettes bearing the brands of Two Moon, Mighty, Union, and Farstar among others were confiscated in a warehouse allegedly used to manufacture fake cigarettes for distribution in Zamboanga Peninsula last May 20.
In a belated report from the Customs bureau, had the boxes of cigarettes went to the market, the locally-made counterfeit cigars would generate around P14 million.
Some materials used in producing the fake products including machines worth P100 million were also found in the warehouse, Port of Zamboanga Acting District Collector Sigmundfreud Barte, Jr. said.
According to Barte, the operation was conducted by the Zamboanga Peninsula inter-agency team composed of the regional offices of Bureau of Customs, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Philippine Coast Guard, and local police.