Authorities seize ₱58 million of fake, smuggled cigarettes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) – Authorities have seized over P58 million worth of illegal cigarettes in Caloocan City, the Bureau of Customs said Wednesday.

A BOC statement said 1,670 cases of suspected counterfiet and smuggled cigarettes were confiscated by Philippine Coast Guard, Caloocan police and Customs personnel on Tuesday in Barangay 168.

The illegally imported products with supposed brands Marvels, Fortune, D&B, Mighty and Jackpot were stored in nine trucks, BOC said.

The bureau added these brands “are believed to have a big market share in provinces where they are usually sold to unsuspecting patrons.”

Further investigation is being conducted to know who should be held responsible, the bureau said.