Authorities seize P500,000 worth of shabu at NAIA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized over half a million pesos worth of illegal drugs intended to be shipped out of the country by passing through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In a statement of Tuesday (January 12), the BOC said the contraband, which had an estimated total street value of P545,000, was intercepted in three parcels on several occasions.

The parcels that were found at a courier outbound warehouse included: 50 grams of white crystalline substance hidden in a children's book bound for the United Kingdom; 31 grams of white crystalline substance concealed in a wooden box  bound for Saudi Arabia; and 28 grams more sandwiched in ladies sandals also bound for Saudi Arabia.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) confirmed that the samples taken were all methamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as "shabu", a dangerous drug under R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.