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More K-9 dogs added to boost BOC anti-illegal drugs drive

A new batch of K-9 Narcotic Detection Dogs (NDDs) is set to be deployed soon in all Bureau of Customs (BOC) district ports to help secure the country’s borders against the entry of illegal drugs.

A total of 26 NDDs is expected to augment the existing operations of the agency’s Enforcement Group (EG) in the bureau’s intensified anti-drugs campaign.

The seriousness of the problem of drug trafficking has prompted us to find more efficient measures that will help us in our job to curb the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country,“ EG Deputy Commissioner Ariel F. Nepomuceno said.

Apart from its X-ray Inspection Project (XIP), K9 NDD Teams have been proven to be effective in finding and verifying shipments or baggage suspected to contain prohibited substances.

Through the active participation of K9 NDDs in the anti-illegal drug operations of the Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDTF), the bureau has been able to prevent the entry of a large volume of dangerous drugs into the country such as the arrest of a Brazilian drug mule carrying more than P63 million worth of cocaine in November 2016 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 and a Malaysian drug courier who tried to smuggle cocaine valued at P23 million in the same month.

In July 2016, more than P19 million worth of shabu that originated from Hong Kong was intercepted from a Chinese national at the Cebu International Airport.

Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon assured the public that the Bureau continues to perform its mandate to strictly secure the country’s borders.

The Bureau will not stop improving its security measures in support of President Duterte’s war against drugs to protect the public from the proliferation of illegal substances,” he said. #