LOOK: P90-M shabu in car parts shipment seized at NAIA

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs has intercepted an estimated P90 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine) hidden in a car parts shipment at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the BOC announced on Tuesday, February 12.

The BOC said it discovered 13.1 kilograms of shabu in a shipment labeled as parts of car mufflers – sets of tubes designed to limit sounds escaping a car's engine – on January 26.

The agency said that when a Customs NAIA examiner opened the shipping containers, he saw the machine parts as declared, but they were each stuffed with plastic-packed shabu.

SEIZED. Part of the shabu shipment discovered inside car mufflers in a shipment at the NAIA. Photo from Bureau of Customs

SEIZED. Part of the shabu shipment discovered inside car mufflers in a shipment at the NAIA.

Photo from Bureau of Customs

The BOC said the delivery came from West Covina, California, in the United States and arrived at the DHL Warehouse with the airway bill number 4223900144.

The BOC turned over the illegal drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Tuesday.

This marks the second big seizure of shabu from the US in 2019. In January, authorities busted a series of shipments from the US with P148.43 million worth of shabu, ecstasy, and marijuana from items "declared" as canned goods and clothes. – Rappler.com 

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

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