The shipment was consigned to GRR Trading, which was involved in another attempt to smuggle in cigarettes earlier.
Cebu Customs District Collector Atty. Charlito Martin Mendoza issued a Pre-Lodgement Control Order against the consignee.
Physical examination led by customs examiner Jay Oyao, with Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), Enforcement and Security Service, X-Ray Inspection Project (XIP), Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc-Cebu Chapter revealed 694 bales of used clothing which were declared as hotel supplies.
Mendoza issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention Order against the shipment for violation of Republic Act 4653 prohibiting the importation of used clothing to safeguard the health of the people and maintain the dignity of the nation.
In a related development, the Bureau›s Action Team Against Smugglers has instituted criminal charges against GRR Trading before the Department of Justice for unlawful importation of various brands of cigarettes estimated with a street value of P234.7 million.
The Bureau›s Account Management Office also revoked the importer›s accreditation of GRR Trading.
There’s a so-called Big 7 syndicate in Cebu. These were identified as Mr. Cutarra, Mr. Lobitana, Mr. Capacite, Mr. Alburo, Gus, Don and Wendell.