Aug 1, 2017 @ 14:43

A rating member of the House of Representatives on Tuesday took a swipe at Bureau of Customs (BOC) officers for his or her failure to cease the entry of PHP6.four billion value of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) shipment from China.

During a congressional listening to on the multi-billion peso shabu shipment, House Dangerous Drugs Committee Chair Ace Barbers identified the “glaring ineptitude” of Customs officers and personnel for permitting the cargo containing unlawful medication to go “right under their very noses.”

“In the first place, those drugs have passed right under their very noses, either undetected due to their gross incompetence or because their noses can only smell crisp bills and not crystals,” Barbers stated.

“There is no debate even among the Customs people that indeed the drugs came from their yard,” he added.

Barbers stated his committee will look into the “terribly bungled operation” that the BOC performed within the “pretense of a raid” that resulted within the restoration of the PHP6.four billion value of shabu.

“How and why such a golden opportunity to catch a big fish turned into the worst fishing expedition. The government may not even have a case at all against the shabu smugglers due to the seemingly intentional bungling of the operation,” Barbers stated.

“We will also look into the possible connivance and link between the BOC officials, brokers, and importers in the smuggling of illegal drugs and the possible attempt to cover-up in order to protect some drug personalities or drug lords themselves,” Barbers added.

The lawmaker additionally expressed his intent to craft a invoice that seeks to impose stringent on “sensitive positions” within the Customs Bureau.

The unlawful shipment was found on May 30 when members of the BOC and National Bureau of Investigation personnel raided a warehouse on Aster Street in Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City, based mostly on a tip coming from their Chinese counterparts.

The consignee of the topic cargo carrying the shabu was recognized as EMT Trading. (Philippine News Agency)

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Source: politics.com.ph