BOC Port of Clark seizes Php6.8-M worth of Shabu, claimant arrested

The Port of Clark remains consistent in its mandate to protect the country’s borders against the entry of prohibited drugs as it seized two (2) black plastic packs of Shabu with a weight of 1,000 grams and an estimated value of Php 6.8-million concealed inside an imported Air Fryer from Sha Alam, Malaysia.

The shipment arrived on February 16, 2021 declared as “Air Fryer, Silkware”, was profiled for physical examination and subjected to non-intrusive examination which revealed images of organic substances. Physical examination led to the findings of two (2) pcs. Frying Pan and one (1) Air Fryer. To verify the x-ray image which showed organic substances inside the lid of the air fryer, the Customs Examiner opened the same where he found two (2) black plastic packs containing crystalline substances suspected to be Shabu.

Thereafter, the shipment was subjected to K-9 sniffing and samples were taken for the conduct of laboratory testing and chemical analysis which confirmed positive result for the presence of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride or Shabu, a dangerous drug under R.A. No. 9165.

Immediately, a Warrant of Seizure and Detention was issued by District Collector Atty. Ruby Alameda against the subject shipment for violation of Sections 118 (g), 119 (d) and 1113 (f), (i) & (l) of R.A. No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to R.A. No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

On February 19, 2021, close coordination was made with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region III for the conduct of controlled delivery operation which led to the arrest of the claimant in Region VII (Cebu City).

A case for violation of Section 4 (Importation of Dangerous Drugs) in relation to Section 26a , Article II of RA 9165 will be filed against the suspect.

District Collector Atty. Ruby Alameda commended her personnel for exposing the modus of these unscrupulous individuals trying to smuggle prohibited drugs in the country. She added that in strict compliance with the directive of Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the port will maintain heightened border security against the entry of illegal drugs and consistently fulfill PRRD’s war on drugs.

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