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BOC agents seize P57.5-M worth of drugs concealed in two shipments

MANILA. Two shipments containing 11.5 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride worth P57.5 million seized by the Bureau of Customs on separate occasions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for safekeeping.

A physical examination on the shipments declared as toys, warehoused at Fedex in PAL/PSI building after a suspicious x-ray image came out different from the declared content of the package.

Customs-NAIA Examiners found a mass of white crystalline substance concealed in multiple layers of plastics which reacted positive for methamphetamine hydrochloride or ‘shabu’.

The first 6-kilogram package of shabu, declared under informal entry number 255056 and airway BL 78855477599, and consigned to Rogelio Almodiel, 41 years old from 11 North Stamford Residence Tower Upper Mckinley Road Corner Florence, Taguig City was seized on November 29.

On December 1, BOC agents found another package containing 5.5-kilogram of shabu. The shipment was consigned to a certain Hasmine Erquiza with an address at #32 St. Vicente Villa España Subdivision, Brgy. Tatalon, Quezon City.

Both shipments came from Tyler Wilson with an address at 4313 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, California.

Meanwhile cases for violation of Republic Act 9165 and Section 118(c) and 119(g) of Republic Act 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, will be filed in court against a Colombian drug mule nabbed by the BOC and the elements of the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG) on November 12.

Commissioner Isidro Lapena said Alberto Pedroza Quijano, 67, was arrested after an x’ray examination revealed 79 elongated rubber pellets containing cocaine worth P8.8 million were concealed in his stomach.

“There was a tip from the US Homeland Security Investigation that an incoming passenger of Emirates Airlines flight EK 332 would be bringing in illegal drugs,” Lapena said.

Customs examiners found no traces of drugs in his bag; however, the suspect complained of stomachache and was immediately brought by NAIA-IADITG to the Pasay General Hospital where it was discovered during an examination that he swallowed 79 rubber pellets containing 1,172.168 grams of white powdery substance.

Lapena said the drugs are now in the custody of PDEA. (Source: BOC News)