Following two recent successful interdiction operations against smuggling in Mindanao, intensified police visibility through a random checkpoint paved the way for the discovery of more smuggled cigarettes loaded inside a van in Barangay San Roque, Zamboanga City on Thursday.

Leading the checkpoint operation on June 16, 2022 were personnel from the 904th Maneuver Company of the 9th Regional Mobile Force Battalion.

“Based on field reports, our personnel intercepted one Toyota Hi-Ace van where the assorted brands of cigarettes were found. The lack of legal documents green lighted our troop to apprehend the suspects and confiscate the items,” PNP OIC Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. said.

Arrested suspects were Ibrahim Irilis, 32, Sabturan Malam and Jibral Esad, 29.

Confiscated pieces of evidence were 15 cases of San Marino color white, 15 cases of Bravo red, three cases of Bravo white, and 20 cases of Gudang Baru with an estimated market value of P2,200,000.