PACKED TO APPEAR LIKE TEA PRODUCTS
After seizing 166 kilograms of high-grade shabu worth 1.13 billion pesos in a raid conducted in an exclusive village in Alabang on Tuesday
Agents from the combined Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) intercepted a shipment, containing 276 kg. of shabu worth PHP1.8 billion and packed to appear like tea products, at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) Friday night
This totaling the amount to 2.9B worth of high grade shabu seized by the PDEA this week alone.
According to MICP District Collector, lawyer Erastus Sandino Austria, the illegal drugs, declared as plastic resin and were found inside a 40-foot container van that arrived at the Manila North Harbor on March 17
Customs and PDEA found 12 sacks containing items wrapped in clear cellophane and sealed in foil packaging designed to look like tea products,” Austria said in a statement.
The shipment was allegedly consigned to Wealth Lotus Empire Corp.all the illegal drugs found were turned over to PDEA for proper handling and investigation.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said the apprehension was a result of their close coordination with their counterparts from Vietnam.
PDEA received information on Friday from their counterparts in Vietnam that the said container aboard a ship named Callao Bridge V145E from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam arrived in Manila. The said ship contained huge amounts of illegal drugs,” Aquino said.
Acting on the report, the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service proceeded with the profiling of the subject container aboard the vessel and narrowed the suspicion towards one shipment.
Based on the report, the intercepted shipment of drugs was processed by customs broker Jane A. Castillo with business address at Sta. Lucia St., Intramuros, Manila. (with reports from PNA)
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