MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday said it has seized over PHP4.24 million worth of shabu hidden in two bread toasters in a shipment at the Port of Clark.
In a report Wednesday, the BOC Port of Clark said it uncovered 614 grams of shabu on June 27 after a shipment from Arizona, United States was subjected to physical examination and K9 inspection by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
It said the shipment declared as a “stainless steel two-slice bread toaster" was initially flagged as “suspicious” by the X-ray Inspection Project personnel.
The BOC-Port of Clark turned over the seized shipment to the PDEA as it issued a warrant of seizure and detention against it for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act in relation to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
BOC Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio said the confiscation was made possible through the customs' intensified campaign against the proliferation of illegal drugs.
“The Bureau of Customs implements strict border security measures to combat illegal drugs. Rest assured that we are closely coordinating with our counterparts to prevent the entry of prohibited drugs as we remain firm with the directives of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.," he said in a statement.
The BOC-Port of Clark also cited the boosting of the country's intelligence capabilities and strict profiling of inbound shipments to combat entry of smuggled drugs. (PNA)