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Shabu shipments bound for Palau and Italy seized in NAIA

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Government agents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted two shipments of methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, worth more than P2 million.

A team from NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group seized the parcels following an operation at the DHL Cargo Warehouse, NAIA Complex in Pasay City on Thursday.

One of the shipments was misdeclared as ‘business documents’ shipped by a certain Marbella of Barangay Tunasan, Muntinlupa City and consigned to a resident of Via Dell Arcadia 79 Rome, Italy.

The authorities inspected the shipment and discovered plastic sachets each containing shabu, with a total gross weight of 100 grams worth P680,000.

The other shipment, misdeclared as “kitchen wall stickers” shipped by a Molino, Bacoor resident and consigned to one Cui of Koror, Palau, was found to contain 207.9 grams worth P1,413,720.

Airport authorities have been apprehending illegal drug shipments in compliance with the directive from Malacañang to secure the borders and in support of President Marcos’ anti-drug campaign.

Just recently, Customs agents also intercepted 19 smuggled shipments of assorted drugs worth more than P6 million at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC), also in Pasay City.

The confiscated shipments contained high-grade marijuana, ecstasy, cannabis oil, and dry opium poppy flowers.

The shipments were declared as basketball and trading cards, gift toys, electrical machines and apparatus, jewelry, nutritional oil, jigsaw puzzles, and boots, which according to the Bureau of Customs, was a clear case of technical smuggling.

They were sent from Canada and the United States, and consigned to residents in cities of Makati, Pasig, Caloocan, Taguig, Manila, and Quezon City, as well as provinces of Laguna, Bulacan, Bataan, Zambales, and Isabela.

The seized drugs were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for proper disposal.

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