By Ariel Fernandez
Bureau of Customs (BOC) turned over to the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) two shipments of methamphetamine hydrocloride or shabu and esctasy that were seized last month.
BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña presented to the members of the press the illegal drugs that came from California, USA, and were declared as medicine cabinet and pillow, respectively, when it arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in separate flights.
Lapeña ordered constant alert of all parcels under question as these are usually disguised as furniture and other general merchandise.
According to Customs District 3 collector Carmelita Talusan, one of the packages contained 2.031 kilograms consigned to Joey Cuenca of Imus, Cavite and was intercepted on April 27.
The other stuff seized on April 23 which was consigned to Susano Trinidad of Cubao, Quezon City contained 344.50 grams of shabu.
Both packages were found to have fictitious consignees and delivery addresses.
Customs officials said the two shipments have an estimated street value of P11.87 million.
We have intensified our anti-drug operations at the ports, and so we are able to seize
drug shipments in March and April in NAIA alone.