Tayra Barsallo, general director of the National Customs Authority (ANA) of Panama, announced the launch of an investigation into the import companies allegedly linked to the 325,000 packs of cigarettes that were provisionally detained by the ANA, with support from the National Service of Borders in Puerto Obaldia, Guna Yala region.

The smuggled cigarettes left Panama for Colombia and were seized through inter-agency work between the two countries.

Among the persons allegedly linked there are seven individuals of Colombian nationality and three vessels.

Barsallo was emphatic in pointing out that we are working against organized crime in a coordinated manner among all the security forces, for the moment ANA began investigations of companies dedicated to re-export and through intelligence analysis it has already been possible to determine brands and where they come from but it is necessary to wait to comply with due process, he pointed out.

Source: National Customs Authority

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