P280-K fake cigarettes seized in Bataan

Bernard Galang

CAMP OLIVAS —  Fake cigarettes worth over P280,000 were seized on Saturday in a  buy-bust operation in Bataan.

Bataan police director Col. Joel Tampis  said joint operatives of CIDG Bataan, and  Bataan and Samal police in coordination with Phillip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC INC.) and Japan Tobacco International Philippines Inc.  (JTI Inc.) conducted an operation in Sitio Torres, Bgy. San Juan, Samal, Bataan resulting in the arrest of trader Mark Kalvin Bernardo, 34,  of Sitio Torres, Brgy. San Juan, Samal, Bataan.

Confiscated  from Bernardo were 35 reams of Marlboro Red; 37 reams of Marlboro lights; 38 reams of Fortune green; 45 reams of Fortune lights; 28 reams of Mighty menthol soft packs; 11 reams of Mighty menthol fliptop; 38 reams of Jackpot green; two (2) reams of Marvels red; 13 reams of Marvels green menthol with a total estimated value of P285,600 and the  marked money.

The suspect will be charged with violation of RA 8293 or Intellectual Property Rights.

“While the police are very much focused on its all-out war on illegal drugs, our personnel will continue to implement focused police operations to fight all forms of crime and lawlessness,”said PRO3 regional director Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon.

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