P148-M shipment of shabu, ecstasy, marijuana seized from Port of Clark

Published January 18, 2019, 12:05 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Betheena Unite

Smugglers continue to be creative in concealing their drug shipments but alert Customs personnel were able to seize P148.4 million worth of shabu, ecstasy, and marijuana hidden in empty canned goods at the Port of Clark to make it appear the shipment were foodstuff.

The Bureau of Customs said the drug shipments were uncovered during X-ray examination of express cargoes at the Port of Clark.

The contrabands were discovered in nine different shipments from Cali­fornia and Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on Dec. 28, 2018, January 10 and January 14, the bureau said.

A total of 20, 136 grams of Meth­amphetamine Hydrochloride (shabu) worth P136.9 million and 200 pieces of ecstasy worth P7.7 million were uncov­ered in canned goods.

(BUREAU OF CUSTOMS PH / TWITTER)
(BUREAU OF CUSTOMS PH / TWITTER)

More than 3,000 grams of marijuana worth P3.8 million wrapped in clothing were also discovered.

The shipment from Las Vegas, Nevada which arrived in December, 2018, was placed under alert order due to the anomalies in the contents captured during X-ray examination.

When inspected, five vacuum sealed plastic packs of crystalline substances, later confirmed to be shabu, and 200 pieces of orange and blue tablets were found inside five cans of peeled tomatoes declared as clothing shipment.

Further, six plastic packs of mari­juana wrapped in several pieces of clothing were discovered in a ship­ment declared as used shirts from California, USA on January 10. The discrepancy in the shipment was also noticed during X-ray examination.

Aside from the two shipments, seven other shipments from Las Vegas, Nevada arrived at the Port of Clark on January 14 using the same scheme, prompting Customs agents to conduct further inspection.

A total of 56 cans of pasta sauce containing a plastic pack of shabu each were discovered. Agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement (PDEA) later confirmed that the sub­stances found were shabu.

Another set of canned goods con­taining shabu was also found in an abandoned shipment consigned to one Marlon Evangelista.

Acting District Collector lawyer Lilibeth Sumbilla-Sandag issued a warrant of seizure and detentions against the shipments for violation of Section 118 (g), Section 119 (d), Sec­tion 1113 (f), (i) & (l) paragraphs 3, 4 & 5, and Section 1400 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), R.A. 10863 and Republic Act No. 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

The illegal drugs were turned over to PDEA, Sundag said.

 
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