BOC seizes P90-M shabu shipment after tip from U.S.

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Clark, Pampanga (CNN Philippines) — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) an estimated P90 million worth of shabu seized, after a tip of from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The drugs, which were shipped from the U.S., were intercepted at the Port of Clark on January 25.

Authorities recovered 18 kilograms of shabu in Buddha figurines stored in six boxes. The Customs Bureau said the boxes were declared to contain statues, sculptures, and figurines but had x-ray discrepancies that  prompted officials to conduct further checks.

A BOC Composite Unit requested to put the cargo on hold after documents showed similar declarations with a shipment seized on January 23.

The January 23 shipment, which yielded an estimated P34 million worth of shabu, was also caught due to the Homeland Security's tip. Authorities have arrested at least one suspect connected to the incident.

"We believe that this is part of a shipment from our first...delivery last week. Magkadugtong po [they're connected] ito, as evidenced by the similar packaging," PDEA Regional Office 3 Director Joseph Ladip said.

BOC-Port of Clark District Collector Maritess Martin has ordered Customs personnel to backtrack and profile shipments within their jurisdiction that may be identical or similar to the recent haul.

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said PDEA will conduct further investigation of the shipment and dispose of the illegal drugs.

Last November, PDEA also arrested a suspected Colombian drug mule at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 after receiving information from the U.S.

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