P5.1-M 'shabu' export attempt foiled by BOC; here's how

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)-based law enforcement authorities have foiled an attempt to export over P5.1 million worth of "shabu" (methamphetamine hydrochloride) via DHL cargo to three locations abroad.

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Agents from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of NAIA, together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Group (NAIA-IADIGT) recently intercepted three packages containing a total of 763 grams of the illegal drug.

Records showed that the sender, identified as Jackson Anderson, indicated City Garden Hotel in Makati City as his address. The receiver of the shipment listed as a certain Amy, of no. 23 Suffolk Avenue, United Kingdom (UK).

The packages, which contain P5,188,400 worth of shabu, were supposed to be exported to UK, Bahrain, and Australia, reports said.

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BOC Port of NAIA personnel noticed that something was amiss with the packages when they were subjected through routine x-ray scanning.

Then, a subsequent physical examination showed plastic bags of white crystalline substance concealed inside objects such as a birdhouse, shuttlecock casing, and figure trimmer twister twist.

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A chemical laboratory analysis report from PDEA later confirmed that the substance was shabu, which is also referred to as "poor man's cocaine".

Pursuant to Customs Administrative Order No. 03-2020, the packages were turned over to PDEA Friday, July 30 for purposes of profiling, case building, and direct filing of charges.

The possible charges include violation of Republic Act (RA) No.9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002; and RA No.10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) of 2016, specifically Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation and Exportation) in relation to Section 119 (d) of the said Act.