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Shabu worth P45m seized from Pasay warehouse

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Government agents assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have seized a shipment of shabu worth more than P45 million from Africa.

A composite team from the Bureau of Customs – Port of NAIA, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG) intercepted the parcel at a bonded warehouse in Pasay City.

The parcel is consigned to one Wilbert Dee, a resident of 289 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City, and sent by Michael Mobida of 28 Krombek Street, Van Reibeeck BIR, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

Aside from the 6.7 kilos of shabu, the authorities also found six plastics of nuts and three pouches of pumpkin seeds inside the parcel.

The shipment went through the initial inspection using the X-ray machine and was placed under 100 percent physical examination by Customs examiners resulting in the discovery of the prohibited substance.

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The Port of NAIA immediately turned over the illegal drugs to PDEA for proper disposition.

Late last month, the same team also seized two shipments of shabu worth more than P5.9 million at the DHL Express cargo warehouse in Pasay City.

Based on import and export documents, the shipment was bound for Australia, and the other that came from the United States was misdeclared as an eyelash set, hair dryer, hairbrush, and bread toaster.

But Customs agents, with assistance from the DHL Assessment and Export Division Units, placed the shipments under X-ray screening and physical examination resulting in the discovery of 878 grams of shabu.

The parcel that came from Phoenix, Arizona, USA was consigned to a certain Raymond Dulla, a resident of Bangkal Makati City while the other parcel sent by one Cherry Aguiling of Cavite was consigned to Gordon Wood of 2774 Mount Riverside Australia.

The PDEA had recognized the Port of NAIA for its relentless efforts to help the government in its battle against the smuggling of prohibited substances.

The Customs Bureau under the leadership of Commissioner Bien Rubio remains committed to increasing revenue collection, improving trade facilitation, and strengthening border protection.

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