Authorities intercept P13.6-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Bulacan ops
MANILA, Philippines — Authorities intercepted P13.6-million worth of “shabu” (crystal meth) in a controlled delivery operation in Sta. Maria, Bulacan on Friday.
According to the BOC, the claimant of the illegal drugs was also apprehended during the operation launched by the Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-Naia), BOC Quick Response Team, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region III and Naia Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.
The BOC said that the consignee, a certain Jayson Quiloy, claimed the package that contained 2,003 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride concealed inside two hotpot grills.
The bureau said the package, declared as “Kitchen Appliances – steamboat grill,” arrived last February 16, at the Port of Naia and was shipped by “Glus Sdn Bhd. (MBE Sri Gombak)” from Malaysia.
The BOC said in a statement that the illegal drugs were initially discovered during an x-ray inspection, which showed an “irregular image.” Personnel of the Naia Customs then conducted physical examination of the package. The PDEA Chemical Laboratory Analysis later confirmed that the seized white crystalline substance is shabu.
According to BOC, a claimant of a package containing ecstasy was also arrested by authorities at the Manila Central Post Office in an operation on February 15.
The claimant and the illegal drugs are now in the custody of the PDEA. Authorities are investigating the claimant for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act in relation to Section 118 (prohibited importation), Section 1113 (goods liable for seizure and forfeiture) and Section 1401 (unlawful importation) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. Liezelle Soriano Roy, INQUIRER.net trainee
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