A haul of greater than 600kg of shabu seized in Valenzuela City is the biggest bust since China and the Philippines launched a cross-border crackdown on drug smuggling.
China is the primary source of shabu — or methamphetamines — consumed within the Philippines, a commerce that continues regardless of President Duterte’s bloody struggle on medicine.
Two individuals arrested within the Chinese metropolis of Xiamen in a May 12 raid on suspected smugglers instructed authorities that they had hidden medicine in 5 printing machines to smuggle them into the Philippines.
Tipped off by their Chinese counterparts, Philippine officers seized 604 kilograms — or 1,332lbs, about the burden of a cow — of the drug on Friday (May 26).
In a press release, Xiamen officers mentioned: “According to the Philippines facet, this case is the biggest drug trafficking bust made by the Philippines since China and Philippines launched cooperation towards cross-border drug smuggling.
“It shows China’s determination to crack down on drug smuggling.”
The Philippines’ Bureau of Customs has confirmed that it acted on intelligence from Chinese customs to seize the medicine in Valenzuela City.
BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon issued a Letter of Authority, permitting customs brokers to examine two warehouses situated in Aster Street, Paso de Blas and in F Bautista Street in Barangay Ugong. They have been joined by brokers from the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
In the warehouses they discovered the shabu hidden in 5 metallic cylinders. The haul is valued at 6.four billion pesos, or about $130 million.
“Our level of effective information-sharing with China Customs Cooperation sends a strong warning to all those involved in the drugs trade,” mentioned Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.
The two nations agreed to strengthen cooperation in tackling illicit medicine throughout President Duterte’s go to to China final October.
Duterte defended Beijing final yr after a Reuters report quoted Philippine drug enforcement officers as saying China had finished little over time to stanch the move of shabu and its precursor chemical substances.