Cus­toms seizes P5M shabu at NAIA

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

Agents of the Bureau of Cus­toms seized a ship­ment con­tain­ing 1 kilo of shabu val­ued at P5mil­lion at the Fed­eral Ex­press Ware­house in Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Maj. Jay­bee Raul Cometa of the Xray In­spec­tion Project (XIP) said the ship­ment declared as a gui­tar am­pli­fier was in­ter­cepted on July 10 af­ter it dis­played ir­reg­u­lar­ity in the xray mon­i­tor of the FedEx ware­house. BOC ex­am­in­ers on duty im­me­di­ately con­ducted the phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of the ship­ment in the pres­ence of agents from the Cus­toms Anti-Il­le­gal Drug Task Force (CAIDTF) and the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA)NAI A.

Found con­cealed in the ship­ment was a plas­tic wrap­per con­tain­ing the white crys­talline sub­stance. The said ship­ment, to be ex­ported by a cer­tain Che Che Cruz of Philip­pine Elec­tron­ics, New Zaniga Man­daluy­ong, was con­signed to a cer­tain Jerry Yu al­legedly from Shen­ton Av­enue, Bank­town, Sid­ney, Aust r al i a.

Sub­se­quent tests con­ducted by the CAIDTF, fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of the il­le­gal sub­stance, re­vealed pos­i­tive re­ac­tions to drugs.

The par­cel was seized and turned over to the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency on Septem­ber 13 for proper dis­posal.

Mean­while, a par­al­lel in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing con­ducted by the BOC – CAIDTF and the PDEA to catch the drug sus­pects.

Cus­toms Com­mis­sioner Isidro Lapena com­mended the com­bined ef­forts of gov­ern­ment author­i­ties for this suc­cess­ful ap­pre­hen­sion. This is the joint ef­fort of sev­eral mem­ber agen­cies com­pos­ing the NAIA In­ter-Agency Drug In­ter­dic­tion Task Group (IADITG). These are the Manila In­ter­na­tional Air­port Author­ity, Of­fice for Trans­port Se­cu­rity, Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, DOJ-Na­tional Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice, PNP Anti-Il­le­gal Drugs Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Task Force, Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion and the PNP Avsecom, and the CAIDTF, ESS-NAIA, Of­fice of the Col­lec­torBOC NAIA and X-Ray In­spec­tion Project.

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