Authorities nab P20-M worth of shabu in baby items

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 28) — Following a tip from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, authorities seized P20 million worth of illegal drugs hidden in items made for infants.

Joint operations of the Bureau of Customs (BoC), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG) on Friday led to the arrest of two suspects and the seizure of said drugs, one suspect in Manila and another in Makati.

"In the afternoon of April 27, the joint elements NAIA-IADITG nabbed Antonio Lobiano Baguinbin, 38 years old, a resident of Sta. Ana, Manila and Gundelina B. David, 64 years old, a resident of 182 Pedro Gil St. Malate, Manila," said Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña in a press statement on Saturday.

The two kilos of shabu seized from Baguinbin, worth P10 million, were concealed in packages declared as booster car seats. These were shipped from the U.S. by a certain Schiit Audio.

On the other hand, the shipment nabbed from David, also worth P10 million, were hidden in parcels declared as a baby crib and was sent by a certain Robert Knight from California.

Both suspects are under the custody of PDEA and will be charged for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.