Bulacan police tracing extent of illegal cigarette trade
After the Bulacan police and the local government of Guiguinto raided a warehouse for allegedly manufacturing counterfeit cigarette products on Feb. 8, the authorities are now conducting mopping-up operations to gauge the extent of the trade.
This includes tracing the extent of the operation of the syndicate by locating the supplier of the illegal products.
According to Mayor Ambrosio Cruz Jr., a team sent by the municipal government found cigarette manufacturing machines and packaging equipment when it raided the property of Edward Wang at the RIS compound in Barangay Tabe.
A report he received the following day said that the equipment were being used by 70 workers allegedly recruited from Mindanao.
The team led by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group found Wang’s wife, Jacky, reportedly supervising the workers.
Authorities recovered a still undetermined number of cigarette brands, boxes of counterfeit tax stamps, green and pink tax stamps, and boxes of filter papers.
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