Customs and anti-drug reps on Friday night, March 22, thwarted an attempt to sneak in 300 kilos of methamphetamine (shabu) into the country via the Manila North Harbor.
An estimated worth of P1.8 billion, the seized drugs were shipped from China on-board the vessel Callao Bridge V145E, authorities stated.
Illegal drugs were concealed in a 40-foot container van that was stated to contain only plastic resin. The consignment was addressed to Wealth Lotus Empire Corporation and brokered by Jane A. Castillo, with business address at Sta Lucia Street, Intramuros, Manila.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Friday had intelligence information to the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service that there was contraband onboard the vessel, which arrived at the Manila North Harbor last March 17.
Manila International Container Port District Collector Erastus Sandino Austria immediately ordered the containers inspected in the presence of PDEA and Philippine Coast Guard representatives.
Customs and PDEA agents discovered sacks full of items wrapped in clear cellophane and sealed in foil packaging. Tests confirmed the items were crystal meth. The appropriated drugs will be turned over to PDEA after the inventory.
“We have already revoked the customs accreditation of the involved consignee, Wealth Lotus Empire Corporation, and customs broker Castillo,” Austria added.
“Also, we will also file appropriate criminal and administrative charges against those involved in the importation of illegal-drugs,” he concluded.