MANILA – An estimated PHP5.1 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride commonly known as “shabu” were seized, while two claimants were arrested in a joint operation led by the Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday in Pasay City.

In a statement, District Collector Carmelita Talusan said the consignee, from Cainta, Rizal, and his cohort, from San Juan City, were arrested after trying to claim the package at Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City at about 5:45 p.m. on June 2.

The shipment was declared as “Bateria, Musical, Dulces” or set of toy drums shipped from Mexico, which arrived last May 30, 2022.

Initially, it was discovered by BOC during X-ray scanning, which yielded suspicious images that prompted the Customs Examiner to subject it to 100 percent physical examination.

During the examination, the authorities discovered the 750 grams of shabu concealed in a toy drum set.

The claimants, who were not identified, are undergoing custodial investigation for eventual inquest prosecution for violation of R.A. No. 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Sections 119 and 1401 in of RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The anti-drug interdiction operation was jointly done with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group. (PNA)