By Ariel Fernandez
The Bureau of Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) a shipment declared as muffler parts after it was found to contain 13.1 kilograms of shabu.
NAIA District Collector Carmelita Talusan said that on January 23, thru the vigilance and profiling of customs examiners at the Port of NAIA, in coordination with Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDTF), BOC-Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and BOC-Xray Inspection Project (XIP), PDEA, and NAIA IADITG the 13.1 kilos shabu shipment from West Covina, California, USA was intercepted.
The examination yielded 26 packages of shabu with an estimated street value of P90 million concealed inside three (3) mufflers.
Records revealed that the subject parcel has a declared value of USD 500.00. The shipment arrived at DHL Warehouse under airway bill no. 4223900144.
Further profiling and case build up are being undertaken by PDEA for the filing of criminal cases against the consignee and his cohorts.
This recent apprehension clearly manifests the unwavering commitment of the BOC to guard the country’s border against attempts to smuggle in dangerous drugs and other anti-social goods, in addition to its revenue collection efforts.
PDEA NAIA Chief Gerald Javier said these drugs could have possibly come from the border of United States and Mexico. PDEA is now coordinating with their counterparts in the US.
The warrant for the arrest of the consignee is expected to be released immediately.