The retail outlets, mostly sari-sari stores, were located in Barangay Rio Tuba in Bataraza, a southern most town in Palawan.
The raiding team led by NBI head agent Norman Decampong said about 30 master cases of assorted cigarette brands were seized from the retail stores, which were allegedly smuggled from Malaysia through the Balabac backdoor, another town in the southernmost tip of Palawan.
The targeted retail stores located along Macadam Road and Gregorio Street in Rio Tuba were caught selling smuggled cigarettes such as Astro, R.S. and Fort.
Navforwest commander Commodore Donn Anthony Miraflor said the operation was organized with the NBI to curb the widespread sale of contraband cigarettes, which is illegal under the Philippine Tariff and Customs Code.
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