BOC-Clark intercepts shabu worth P212.5M

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BOC-Clark intercepts shabu worth P212.5M
Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark District Collector Erastus Sandino Austria (center) inspects the shabu shipment that arrived at the Port of Clark from New Jersey. the Photo from BOC.
  • The Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark recently intercepted P212.5 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride)
  • The illegal drugs arrived on March 21 and originated from New Jersey
  • BOC-Clark district collector Erastus Sandino Austria issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002

The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Clark intercepted P212.5 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) that arrived on March 21 and originated from New Jersey, USA, the BOC said in a statement.

The seizure was made in collaboration with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Customs Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force, X-ray Inspection Project, Enforcement and Security Service, and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service.

The illegal drugs underwent immediate x-ray scanning and K9 sniffing following derogatory information from PDEA, which yielded the presence of prohibited drugs concealed in a shipment declared as “routers.”

Subsequently, a physical examination uncovered 29 packs of vacuum-sealed transparent plastic containing shabu, and authorities seized a total of 31,250 grams of the contraband.

Samples were sent to PDEA for chemical laboratory analysis, confirming the presence of shabu, a dangerous drug under Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

District Collector Erastus Sandino B. Austria issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act in relation to RA 9165.

Austria commended the collaborative efforts of PDEA and Customs personnel “for their relentless collaboration and effort to safeguard the country against the entry of prohibited drugs,” marking the largest drug interception at the Port of Clark in a single shipment since 2020.

In a statement, BOC Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio said, “We have heightened the security measures of the country’s borders and in continuous coordination with PDEA and partner agencies to halt the entry of illegal drugs in the country” as directed by the President.

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