BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña holding over 2 kilograms of shabu seized in two separate operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport
PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) turned over more than two kilograms of shabu on Tuesday, May 22, to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The said illegal drugs, valued at P11.87 million, were seized in two separate operations at the warehouses inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA.)
On April 23, BOC discovered more than 300 grams of shabu concealed inside a pillow consigned under a certain Susano Trinidad of Cubao, Quezon City.
In a follow-up operation on April 27, authorities discovered more than two kilograms of shabu inside a medicine cabinet sent by a certain Stephanie Morse. All items were sent from California, USA.
BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña admitted that since the suspension of the Customs’ green lane, smugglers have become more creative in packing and sending illegal drugs into the country while using fictitious names of consignees and fake addresses. But Lapeña assured that the agency is much more sophisticated.
“They are getting creative but the same is true with the law enforcement also,” Lapeña said.
It can be recalled that in March, the agency confiscated illegal drugs concealed in dolls, lego blocks, baby crib and in car seat shipments.
Lapeña suspects that the big time drug syndicate operating in the US may have already penetrated the Philippine market.
PDEA assured that authorities are working non-stop to track and arrest the consignee of the seized illegal drugs and the syndicate behind them. — Mai Bermudez