Fake Cigarettes Seized

Police operatives looking for a wanted person instead discovered “fake cigarettes” and rescued several minors working in the compound of Alter Trade in Purok Riverside in Barangay Bata in Bacolod Friday afternoon.

Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Intelligence Unit and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) identified the owner as a certain Andy Chua a.k.a. Jimmy Chua.

Forty-one workers including more than 10 minors, five of them female, were employed to pack cigarettes. They all came from areas very near to Marawi and Iligan.

The workers were reportedly hired as technicians last March and June and are paid daily of P250.

They were turned over to the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD) in Bacolod, as well to the Women’s and Children’s Protection Desk for proper disposition.

Earlier, police operatives made a report to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) that there is a firm manufacturing excisable goods of cigarettes at the building.

Authorities seized some 300 big boxes of assorted cigarettes, a number of boxes of different raw materials used in making cigarettes, big boxes and packs of fake stamp tax for cigarettes, two delivery vans and other equipment.

The BIR also conducted seizure and recovered in plain view, were 17 yellow packs with Chinese markings containing suspected marijuana leaves; 16 red packs with Chinese markings containing suspected Marijuana leaves; 17 galloons of questionable chemicals, 10 pieces assorted Yuan money, one black wallet with an ID owned by Zhao Xinhua, a Chinese national.

In a follow up operation, another inspection was conducted by the BIR with the assistance of the BCPO in a warehouse located at Purok Kabukiran in Barangay Taculing, also in Bacolod.

They were able to confiscate some 50 big boxes of filters of cigarettes and sacks of tobacco resins.

It was learned that Alter Trade building and the warehouse are allegedly owned by Mr. Antonio Gayatin and allegedly leased by a certain Jimmy through Mr. Marlon Tan, all are reportedly from Bacolod.*



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