Smuggled rice worth £508,000 was confiscated in Tawi-Tawi
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Smuggled rice worth £508,000 was confiscated in Tawi-Tawi

ZAMBOANGA.  Police officers stand guard over smuggled rice they confiscated in Pagasinan village in Bongao, the capital of Tawi-Tawi on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. No arrests were made as no one was around when police officers arrived at the bay in Pagasinan village where the rice was found .

ZAMBOANGA. Police officers stand guard over smuggled rice they confiscated in Pagasinan village in Bongao, the capital of Tawi-Tawi on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. No arrests were made as no one was around when police officers arrived at the bay in Pagasinan village where the rice was found . (contribution)

LAWMEN have seized smuggled rice worth approximately P508,000 in Tawi-Tawi Province, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Police Regional Office (PRO-BAR) said on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

Police Brigadier General Prexy Tanggawohn, acting director of PRO-BAR, said the smuggled rice consisting of 400 bags of 25 kilograms each was intercepted in Pagasinan village in Bongao, the capital of Tawi-Tawi, on Tuesday, June 11.

Tanggawohn said the confiscation of the smuggled rice came after police received information from a concerned citizen about the presence of bags of rice stacked near the bay of Pagasinan village.

Tanggawohn, however, said no arrest was made because no one was around when police arrived in Pagasinan village.

He said the confiscated smuggled bags of rice were brought to Bongao Police Station for documentation.

The confiscated smuggled rice was later handed over to the Customs Office for proper storage and disposal.

Tanggawohn praised the combined units’ efforts to quickly respond to residents’ concerns, particularly in recovering and confiscating smuggled items that pose unfair competition to local traders. (SunStar Zamboanga)