Customs bureau seizes equipment, ingredients of shabu at Port of Manila

May 19, 2010 8:05 pm 

MANILA, May 19 — Two 20-footer container vans loaded with laboratory equipment and ingredients for the manufacture of metamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as shabu, were seized at the Port of Manila by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday.

According to Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales, the shipments arrived from Taiwan at the Manila port separately last May 11 and 12, declared as kitchenware and chemical calcium carbonate.

They were apprehended for violation of RA 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, Section 101 k in relation to Sec 2530 (f) of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.

The shipments were consigned to a John Nicole Industrial Sales, with address at Escolta, Manila. A Jose Mariano Jr. was the registered proprietor and broker of the subject shipments, according to official documents.

Broker Mariano has been requested for inquest for the illegal importation.

Initial report from Customs Intelligence Division Chief Dino Tuazon, derogatory information was received from the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force of the Philippine National Police that the illegal importation will be arriving in the country.

Upon examination, the two containers yielded the equipment and precursor for the manufacture of shabu.

Morales immediately ordered the issuance of the warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment.

“The Bureau of Customs is the country’s first line of defense against these kinds of threat. That is why we have remained vigilant in protecting our borders against these cases of illegal drug trafficking,” Morales said.

The BOC has also notified the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) of this apprehension and will conduct the necessary follow up operations jointly with the PNP anti-drug authorities.

Aside from Morales, PNP General Eduardo Acuña and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service Director Filomeno Vicencio Jr. were present during the presentation of the illegal shipments to the media. (PNA)

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