Customs bureau seizes P1-B worth of fake cigarettes in Nueva Ecija

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Posted at Jan 18 2020 08:24 PM | Updated as of Jan 19 2020 12:32 AM

An estimated P1 billion worth of counterfeit cigarettes were seized by authorities at a warehouse in Cabiao town, Nueva Ecija, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Courtesy of Bureau of Customs

MANILA—The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Saturday said it seized an estimated P1 billion worth of counterfeit cigarettes at a warehouse in Cabiao town, Nueva Ecija.

In a statement, the BOC said it joined police and local officials in retrieving 3 boxes with fake tax certification stamps, at least 15 cigarette-making machines, packing machines, filter-making machines, a mixer and a dryer, and raw materials.

The BOC said it also arrested 20 Chinese citizens allegedly involved in manufacturing counterfeit cigarettes, and 100 Filipinos believed to be behind the operations.

An investigation is underway.