NBI seizes smuggled chinese medicines

In line with the continuing effort of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against illegal activities, operatives of NBI-Special Action Unit (NBI-SAU) seized various smuggled Chinese medicines and other products in Bacoor, Cavite with an estimated value of P1 Million.

NBI Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Eric B. Distor said the operatives conducted an operation based on an information that unidentified persons are involved in alleged smuggling of suspected Chinese goods mixed with smuggled cigarettes in a warehouse in Bacoor, Cavite.

OIC Distor said that the operation was conducted in coordination with the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, Bureau of Customs (CIIS-BoC) that issued a Letter of Authority (LoA) to visit, inspect, and seize the aforementioned illicit items.

The said LoA was implemented on June 30, 2020 at the subject warehouse. During the operation, a room was found containing assorted Chinese medicines and upon inquiry, it was learned that a certain TIAN QIN, a Chinese national, owns the said medicines.

Ten (10) boxes of assorted Chinese medicines were then seized and inventoried. Samples were taken from each box for submission to the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) for examination and verification.

The seized items were then turned over to the Bureau of Customs. The inventory and verification of other Chinese goods found in the premises are being done by the BoC and currently in progress.

Close coordination with the BoC will be undertaken relative to the other personalities who may be involved in the entry and trade of the smuggled medicines in the country.

Subsequent to the FDA examination of the Chinese medicines, inventory and verification of smuggled Chinese goods, appropriate criminal charges shall be filed against TIAN QIN and the occupant or operators of the aforementioned office and warehouse.