BoC turned over some PhP37 million worth of seized illegal drugs to PDEA

By Benjie Lim Vergara

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THE Bureau of Customs recently has turned over to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency some PhP37.3 million worth of illegal drugs it earlier seized from the bonded warehouses of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The BoC haul consisted of 5,239 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu which were concealed in various items like a baby carrier, camera, finance magazines and bar tools. The contraband were interdicted last May, June, and July respectively.

Aside from shabu, 1,000 pieces of party drugs known as Ecstacy, which was concealed in wooden toys, were seized on July 20, according to Customs District Collector Carmelita Talusan.

The seizures, Talusan said, were due to consistent “reform initiatives and his five-point program of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña.” She added that some of the seized shabu was intended to be exported to New Zealand. The shabu mostly came from the United States while the Ecstacy came from Germany.

Talusan also noted that a thorough joint knowledge of x-ray scanners and frontliners also led to effective apprehensions.

“We were able to apprehend drugs,” because of these.

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena (center) and Port of NAIA Collector Carmelita Talusan turn over the drugs worth P37.3 million to PDEA-NCR director Joel B. Plaza. Photo by Benjie L. Vergara

Meanwhile, Lapeña said the bureau continues the anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte and will continue to ensue vigilance in protecting the borders.

The Customs executive said the continuing drugs apprehension meant that “we are winning the war against drugs.”


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Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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