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Customs seizes P13.8M in shabu

The Bureau of Customs on Sunday seized P13.8 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” from Bangkok, Thailand.

The illegal drugs arrived on Jan. 2 in a parcel labeled as containing “microserver double stairless ceramic.”

Physical examination of the parcel led to the discovery of four pieces of 3-liter stainless sports jugs containing substances wrapped in plastic and aluminum foil.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) confirmed that the substance was crystal meth.

The seizure of the shipment led to the arrest of two claimants from Pasay City, both women, after a joint delivery operation was conducted by PDEA, Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark, and Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

This developed as the government called on senior police officials to tender their courtesy resignations in a bid to cleanse the force of “ninja cops” or those involved in illegal drugs.

Just the day before, more than P1.5 million worth of illegal drugs were seized from a couple during an anti-drug operation in Subic town, Zambales province on Saturday.

In his report, Colonel Fitz Macariola, director of Zambales Police Provincial Office, said the arrested couple was identified as Joemmeir John and Angelica Leapart, presently residing in Sitio Bukid, Barangay Calapacuan in Subic.

Macariola said seized from the suspects were 14 pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu weighing some 227.2 grams with an estimated street value of P1,544,960, drug paraphernalia, a sling bag and P3,000 marked money.

He added that Joemmeir John is a member of the Naldi Drug Group and is at the ‘top priority target regional level’ of the Philippine National Police.

The arrested couple will be charged with violation of Sections 5, 11, and 26b under Article II of Republic Act No. 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) in the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Olongapo City.

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