(Photo courtesy of BOC)

MANILA – Authorities discovered PHP3.4 million worth of shabu in a parcel in Pasay City and arrested its claimant, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported on Friday.

In a statement, the bureau said the female claimant was apprehended after authorities found the illegal drugs inside a parcel on Thursday at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay City.

During the conduct of intensive regular X-ray screening at the warehouse, a parcel declared as "Universal Engine” originating from New Delhi, India, was marked "X" by the X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) inspector due to irregular and suspicious x-ray images.

The BOC, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG) seized more or less 514 grams of shabu with an estimated street value of PHP3,495,200.

The Customs examiner conducted a thorough physical examination in the presence of the consignee and representatives from XIP, Customs Anti-illegal Drug Task Force, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, Enforcement and Security Service, and PDEA.

The subject parcel underwent examination, which yielded four packs of white crystalline substances, wrapped using blue carbon paper and tape, concealed inside the cylindrical aluminum receptacle labeled as "Universal Engine."

The CAIDTF and PDEA conducted a field test on the seized substances, which turned out to be positive for the presence of methamphetamine hydrochloride.

The claimant was arrested for violation of the Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Drug Act, and RA 10863, also known as the Customs Modernization And Tariff Act (CMTA).

"I commend the men and women of the BOC-NAIA for securing our borders through their relentless and intensified campaign against drug smuggling," said Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio. (PNA)