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BoC destroys smuggled cigarette-making equipment

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THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) said it destroyed cigarette-making equipment, fake cigarette master cases and other materials at the Port of Clark yesterday.

In a statement, the BoC said that among the units destroyed were one plastic recycling machine, a manual lifter, one generator set and a generator cooling system, which were seized in February.

It said more seized items will be destroyed on Tuesday, including two sets of cigarette manufacturing machines, a semi-automatic strapping machine, a plastic shredding facility, 145 cigarette master cases, various packaging materials and tax stamps.

The destruction “sends a strong message to smugglers to stop their illegal business practices, shortchanging the government of its rightful revenue,” the BoC said in the statement. — Beatrice M. Laforga

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