Government agents assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have seized a Hong Kong-bound shipment of cocaine worth more than P2.3 million.
A composite team from the Bureau of Customs—NAIA, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group intercepted the shipment at a DHL Cargo warehouse in Pasay City on Wednesday.
The authorities confiscated 445 grams of cocaine from the shipment consigned to one Chan Yuen On of A. Castle Peak Road Cheung Sha Wan, 999077 Hong Kong.
The sender was identified as a certain ‘Jane’ of Talon, Moonwalk, Las Pinas City. She declared the shipment as ‘motorcycle muffler, brake pads and radiator hose.”
The investigators are tracking down the perpetrators who would face charges of illegal trade and violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Drug Act and RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
Customs officials gave assurance that the NAIA Task Force, in close coordination with PDEA, would remain vigilant in preventing the entry and transhipment of illegal drugs at the country’s premier airport.
The Bureau of Customs has been cited by the PDEA for its relentless efforts helping the government in its battle against prohibited substance.
This year alone, the BOC under the supervision of Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero recorded a total of 46 drug seizures with an estimated value of P1.6 billion.
PDEA director general Wilkins Villanueva said the BOC has been an active partner of the PDEA in the government’s drive against illegal drugs.
He added that the two agencies have been working together in implementing anti-illegal drug strategies to combat smuggling and proliferation of dangerous substances in the country.