Men of the Police Station 8 based in Sinunuc under Sr. Insp. Hingming Ladjaali intercepted a truck carrying suspected more than 100 sacks of smuggled rice in Upper Calarian at noon last Friday.
A police report disclosed that SPO3 Jerry Nochefranca and his team were manning a checkpoint around 12:20 p.m. when a six-wheeler truck driven by Kajim Eadja, transporting 150 sacks of AAA brand rice arrived.
Wadja could not produce papers legalizing the transport of the rice.
Meanwhile, at 2 p.m. Thursday, men of the Central Police Station led by Sr. Insp. Raymond Sanson under Chief Insp. Edilberto Alvarez intercepted smuggled cigarettes and rice in Campo Islam.
A police report disclosed that 1,015 reams of Fort cigarettes and 18 sacks of AAA rice were loaded in a multicab.
The police team also held a Jungkung motorized boat wherein Fidal Hassan and Mersaudi Sabtal, both of Panglima Tahil, Jolo, Sulu, were aboard who were reportedly the persons behind the shipment of the smuggled items.
All the intercepted goods were turned over to the Bureau of Custom for proper disposition.
Smuggling of contraband goods, including rice, find its way to Zamboanga City from Sabah Malaysya via Tawi-Tawi and Sulu.
Officials had earlier voiced apprehension the rampant smuggling of imported rice could seriously affect local rice farmers.
There are dozens of illegal finger wharves in this city where most of the boats carrying smuggled goods drop anchor. — Dan Toribio