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Customs seizes P5-M shabu at NAIA

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)-NAIA.

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, Australia.

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 Collector- BOC NAIA and X-Ray Inspection Project. ### | BOC-PR

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