COMBINED operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Customs on Monday have intercepted and seized a shipment of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with an estimated value of PhP4.3 billion at the North Harbor of Manila International Container Port.
The alleged illegal drugs, weighing approximately 500 kilograms, were concealed inside magnetic lifters.
“The intercepted shabu were shipped from Malaysia into the country. We can suspect that Malaysia was used only as a transshipment point. However, the country of origin of the illegal drug is yet to be determined,” said PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino.
On July 16, an informant tipped off the PDEA Regional Office-National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR) under Director Ismael Fajardo Jr. and the PNP Civil Security Group about an incoming shipment of illegal drugs coming from Malaysia.
Case conferences were immediately held by concerned drug law enforcement agencies to discuss the possible location and identification of the shipment for the successful conduct of negation operation. Continuous intensive efforts led to the tracking of the shabu shipment on board AS Cecilia.
“Reports revealed that the shipment was consigned to Vecaba Trading under the name of Vedasto Cabral Baraquel of Barangay Lalud, Calapan, Mindoro City. Their identities are currently the subject of investigation,” Aquino said.
As this developed, Aquino directed the PDEA International Cooperation and Foreign Affairs Service (ICFAS) to closely coordinate with its Malaysian and Chinese counterparts to learn more about the intercepted shabu shipment.