The Bureau of Customs (BOC) agents seized 604 kilos of illegal drugs valued at P6.4 billion in two separate operations conducted in warehouses in Valenzuela City dawn of May 26.
The BOC acted on the intelligence report provided by Mr. Zhang Xiaohui, director of International Enforcement Cooperation Division of Anti-Smuggling Bureau, General Administration of China Customs, which stated that two warehouses were being used in illegal drugs operation.
The BOC agents immediately proceeded to the sites and inspected the warehouses located in Aster Street, Paso de Blas and F. Bautista Street, Ugong, respectively. They were armed with visitorial powers and Letter of Authority issued by Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.
The agents, in coordination with operatives from the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency PDEA, found methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu hidden in five metal cylinders.
According to Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service Director Neil Estrella, Fidel Anoche Dee and his sister received the illegal shipment.
The suspects and the drugs are now in the custody of PDEA and NBI.
Faeldon commended all agents, saying the successful operation manifests the strong commitment and cooperation between China and the Philippines in fighting illegal drugs.
Earlier, agents of the BOC during an operation on May 18 stumbled upon a clandestine laboratory used in manufacturing methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, as well as explosives in a warehouse inside a compound in Barangay Tallungan, Aparri this province.
The BOC agents proceeded to the Hua-Xia compound situated in the said barangay to serve a Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) against three vessels involved in illegal quarrying of black sand. Thereupon, they discovered the chemical warehouse inside the compound owned by a certain Michael Tan, Lito Lim and two John Does.
A search warrant issued by Judge Oscar Zaldivar of Regional Trial Court Branch 7 in Aparri also enabled the BOC’s Special Studies and Project Development Committee, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, and Enforcement Security Service to examine the chemicals inside the warehouse. They were assisted by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) – Regional Office II.
Several glass containers of controlled chemicals used in manufacturing illegal drugs and explosives with an estimated value of P600,000 were turned over to the PDEA and the Philippine National Police.
No arrest was made as the warehouse owners were not around when the raid was conducted.#