The Bureau of Customs – Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-NAIA), through a joint operation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and NAIA-Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group, intercepted an inbound shipment containing Shabu (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride) with an estimated street value of P45,900,000 on August 2, 2023, at the Paircargo Warehouse in Pasay City.
The subject shipment was declared as “African Cultura” from Dubai, UAE, and originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, addressed to a certain consignee in Makati City via Emirates Airlines flight number EK 0336.
Upon x-ray screening and physical examination by the Paircargo Assessment team, it was discovered to have pillow cases, blankets, nuts, seeds, and jumbo peanuts concealing white crystalline substances.
PDEA laboratory testing confirmed that the white crystalline substances were “Shabu” or methamphetamine hydrochloride, a dangerous drug as defined by Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. All pieces of evidence were turned over to PDEA for safekeeping and further investigation.
In line with BOC Commissioner Bienvenido Y. Rubio’s priority programs, the BOC-NAIA, under the leadership of its District Collector, Atty. Yasmin O. Mapa, remains vigilant in its border protection efforts.