By: Nancy carvajal
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested a couple in Makati who was allegedly involved in the sale of Marlboro cigarettes with fake tax stamps.
Junel Durero and Ma. Jessica Garcia were arrested when NBI agents raided a house where the smuggled cigarettes were stored. They have been charged with violation of the Internal Revenue Code, Consumer Act, and the Intellectual Property Code.
The couple also faces charges of disobedience of authority for resisting arrest.
The NBI found that the Marlboro cigarettes stored at the house bore fake tax stamps with uniform serial numbers. Their collective value has yet to be determined.
Authorities said the house’s owner, identified as Elma Luancgo, was allegedly a contact of the cigarettes’ Chinese suppliers. The NBI is now searching for her.
Durero and Garcia reportedly tried to flee when they were apprehended by an NBI undercover agent during the operation, but they were cornered by other agents.
Citing information from an informant, the NBI said the sale of smuggled Marlboro cigarettes have been going on in the Makati area for at least five years.
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