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Customs agents seize P2.2-b shabu

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GOVERNMENT agents have seized 323 kilos of shabu worth more than P2.2 billion concealed in a beef shipment from Mexico.

The raid initiated by the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service – Manila International Container Port (CIIS-MICP) was in line with the directive of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to the Bureau of Customs to intensify its campaign against illegal drugs in the country.

Records showed that the shipment arrived at the MICP on Feb. 24 from Logistica Integral Aduanal Meyma and Aime Express Logistics SA DE CV, Mexico, and consigned to a certain Salesbeat Within.

NOT BEEF JERKY. Customs and police officers on Friday lay out and tally over 323 kilos of shabu—worth over P2.2 billion—concealed in over 1,000 packs of supposed beef jerky that came from Mexico. The shipment arrived last February, taking authorities seven months to track it down and seize it (see full story on A3). BOC Photo

The CIIS-MICP team led by Alvin Enciso conducted the operation following intelligence information that the shipment contained illegal drugs.

Subsequently, the agents monitored its declaration, processing, and movement.

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Enciso said despite a considerable lapse of time, no goods declaration was filed for the shipment.

The CIIS-MICP requested a Pre-Lodgement Control Order from the MICP District Collector, and after five days, X-ray scanning and physical examination revealed approximately 323 kilograms of shabu concealed in a laminated beef jerky.

“This operation is a coordinated response to the President’s call and a fulfilment of the agency’s mandate to protect the country’s borders and ensure the security of all ports of entry,” said Customs Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Group Juvymax Uy.

Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio commended the Customs Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, X-Ray Inspection Project, Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group, BOC-Enforcement and Security Service, Philippine Coast Guard, and Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. (CCBI) for their assistance in the operation.

Just recently, the Customs bureau also seized a P3.8 billion shipment of shabu from Thailand.

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