Police authorities here arrested three persons and seized more than 50 boxes of suspected smuggled cigarettes at a checkpoint in Barangay Sarmiento, Parang, Maguindanao on Tuesday afternoon.
Capt. Blayn Lomas e, officer in charge of the Parang municipal police office, identified the suspects as Nas Amilol, 43; Namie Eman, 47; and Misuari Udtog, 43; all of Barangay Katuli, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
The smuggled cigarettes, believed to have come from the Zamboanga area, were loaded in a fish delivery vehicle and camouflaged by styrofoam boxes loaded with fish.
An informant earlier tipped us about the transport of smuggled cigarettes, Lomas e said.
None of the three suspects would say as to who owns the contraband, which contained Moons and Far Star brands of cigarettes with an estimated cost of PHP400,000.
Lomas e said the suspects are now detained at Parang police custodial facility and would be charged with the violation of Republic Act 9211 (Tobacco Violation Act of 2003).