BOC-ESS Apprehends brand new Cigarette Making Machines and Counterfeit Cigarettes in Bataan

As part of the Bureau of Custom’s (BOC) commitment to border security, the Bureau through the simultaneous operations launched by the Enforcement Group’s Enforcement and Security Service Quick Reaction Team (EG-ESS QRT) on March 01, 2021 apprehended cigarette making machines, counterfeit cigarettes and other paraphernalia used for cigarette making in storage facilities located in barangay Balagtas, Orion Bataan.

Armed with a Letters of Authority (LOA) signed by Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, members of BOC-ESS in coordination with the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) inspected two storage storage facilities and discovered the presence of an estimated Php 131 Million worth of illegal goods.

The first operation led to the discovery of cigarette making machines and other paraphernalia such as rolling paper, foil and plastic packaging estimated at a value of Php 84 Million. The second operation yielded the discovery of 1,262 master cases of counterfeit cigarettes with various brands such as More, Two Moon, Seven Star, Winston, Fort, Mighty, and Marvels estimated to have a value of Php 47 Million.

The apprehended items were transported to the BOC facility in Manila for inventory and further investigation for possible case filing for violation of RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

As the economy begins to fully recover from COVID-19, The Bureau of Customs under the guidance of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero remains committed to combat the proliferation of fake and smuggled items and protect the interest of legitimate businesses nationwide.