Shipment courier

P3.9-M shabu cargo claimants arrested

(Photo by BOC-NAIA)

MANILA – Authorities led by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) arrested two claimants of a package containing methamphetamine hydrochloride commonly known as “shabu” worth nearly PHP 4 million in Las Piñas.

In a statement on Friday, the BOC said the suspects identified only as a certain Pasay City resident and a Nigerian national were apprehended after receiving the package during a controlled delivery operation at Marcos Alvarez Avenue corner Veraville Homes, Talon Singko, Thursday evening.

The package, containing 588 grams of shabu worth PHP 3,998,400, was initially discovered by BOC during an X-ray scan which yielded suspicious images.

After performing a 100% physical examination of the shipment, the designated customs examiner found white crystalline substances wrapped in foil and concealed inside a sterilizer and baby bottle dryer .

Records further show that the package was shipped from Laos and declared as “electric steam”.

The BOC added that the chemical test conducted by the Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDTF) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) confirmed that the substance in question was shabu.

Plaintiffs are currently being investigated for detention and possible legal action for violation of Republic Act No. 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, in connection with sections 119 and 1401 of RA 10863, also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

The operation was conducted jointly by the BOC-NAIA Interagency Drug Interdiction Task Force, PDEA and NAIA. (NAP)