Vigilance and Stringent Security Measures Lead to Apprehensions
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) announced on Friday that it has successfully confiscated PHP16.15 million worth of shabu concealed within two shipments of “muscle recovery bath soaks” at the Port of Clark in Pampanga.
Hidden Drugs Uncovered in Seemingly Innocent Shipments
According to a news release, shipments originating from Torrance, California, USA, were seized consecutively on July 10 and 11. Remarkably, the first shipment, declared as “Ash + Axel 2PK Cryo Therapy Set,” and the second shipment, claiming to contain “Gent Leather Shower Gel 33.8,” were consigned to different receivers. This intriguing detail further heightens suspicions surrounding the smuggling operation.
Significant Quantities of Illegal Drugs Seized
Upon inspection, the BOC discovered illicit drugs within the shipments. The first shipment contained 1,122 grams of shabu, while the second contained 1,218 grams, highlighting the severity of the smuggling attempt.
Violations of Customs Laws and Dangerous Drugs Act
In response to the illegal activities, the BOC issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipments. These actions were taken in accordance with the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, as well as Republic Act No. 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Successful Apprehensions and Warning to Smugglers
Acknowledging the resounding success of their vigilant front liners and the effective implementation of stringent security measures, BOC-Port of Clark District Collector Ricardo Uy Morales emphatically underscored the profound significance of these apprehensions.
In a stern message directed towards drug smugglers, he issued a resolute warning, emphasizing the unwavering determination of the authorities to combat illicit activities.
“May these seizures be a warning to drug smugglers to stop what they are doing because we will not let these illegal drugs reach the public.”
The BOC’s proactive efforts in intercepting these dangerous substances demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding the community and preventing the proliferation of illicit drugs.