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Friday, April 22, 2005

Contraband seized

The police intercepted on Monday a van carrying an undetermined amount of imported goods allegedly brought from a duty-free shop at the Clark Special Economic Zone, according to the Angeles City police.

Chief Insp. Lorenzo Detran, chief of the Angeles City Police Station 4, said the Isuzu Forward van with plate number XJS 325 was driven by Alvin Guzman Valdez, 31, of 3794 Dapdap Street, Maria Consolacion Subdivision Phase 2 in Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga.

Policemen intercepted the van at around 1 p.m. at the corner of Teodoro Street and Manuel Roxas (Mitchell) Highway, a few meters away from the Clark zone.

Based on the documents seized from the suspect, the truck is owned by Subic Acropolis, Inc. located at 711 Waterfront Road, and the Subic Freeport.

Mary Pimentel, Liberty Duty-Free Store supervisor, told the police that the cargo was cleared and appropriate taxes and duties had already been paid but the suspect failed to show documents during police investigation.

Before Pimentel arrived at the police station, investigators learned from Valdez that the imported goods were loaded into the van at the Liberty Duty-Free shop.

SPO4 Rodrigo Rodriguez, Station 4 intelligence officer, quickly brought the van to Compac 42 on MacArthur Highway for verification.

Valdez said the imported goods and furniture, which included beds and other pieces, were intended for delivery to Home Essentials store on the Olongapo-Gapan Highway in the City of San Fernando.

Antonio R. Ng, Clark Development Corp. president and chief executive officer, earlier said that local businessmen should be required to show permits-to-bring out before goods are brought outside the Clark zone.

In an earlier dialogue, Ng said various types of imported goods from the Clark zone freely move out and are being sold in supermarkets and retail stores in the city and other towns and municipalities in Luzon


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