Smuggled onions, fuel seized in Zamboanga City

Published January 24, 2023, 1:22 PM

by Liza Abubakar-Jocson

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Naval forces in Western Mindanao and other government units intercepted suspected smuggled onions and fuel within the vicinity of a dry dock facility in Zamboanga’s west coast on Monday, Jan. 23.

Navy personnel together with Coast Guard, Philippine Army, Intelligence and Customs operatives intercepted a van loaded with an estimated 3,000 bags of smuggled red onions and found another 8,000 bags of approximately 44,000 kilos inside the vessel M/V Marisa.

The Philippine Navy and other government units seize smuggled onions and fuel during anti-smuggling operations in Barangay Cawit, Zamboanga City. (Naval Forces WM photo)

Meanwhile, a Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) operation on a boat docked at the Zamboanga Varadero de Cawit (dry dock), also yielded hundreds of drums of smuggled petroleum products.

The M/L Zhary was found loaded with some 300 drums of smuggled petroleum, oil, and lubricants.

Navy officials said the petroleum came from Taganak Island in Tawi-Tawi province and brought to Zamboanga City.

The crew members failed to present documents supporting the transport of petroleum products.