More than half a kilo of shabu worth P4.5 million was found stuffed in tin cans inside a parcel from Las Vegas, Nevada, the Bureau of Customs said Thursday.
Weighing a total of 640 grams, the shabu was discovered separated in two packs, along with various items including a stuffed toy, candies, slippers, and socks, during an inspection conducted by customs agents on July 22.
According to the Port of NAIA, the package, which was consigned to a certain resident of Hagonoy, Bulacan, was discovered while customs personnel were examining unclaimed DHL cargoes at the NAIA Customs Bonded Warehouses.
“In an apparent attempt to conceal the said shabu, the same were described in the covering Airway Bill as Toys/Present,” the port said.
Both the field test conducted by Customs Anti-illegal Drugs Task Force and the Chemical Laboratory Analysis by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) confirmed the seized items as methamphetamine hydrochloride otherwise known as “shabu.”
Profiling and case build-up against the importers for possible prosecution in violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act are ongoing.