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Saturday, August 11, 2018

PDEA: Corrupt BOC men allowed entry of shabu

Shabu traces were found inside the  magnetic lifters at a warehouse inside CRS Subdivision in Barangay F. Reyes, General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite on Friday, Aug. 10, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency / photo from GMA News

Manila, Philippines - Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director general Aaron Aquino said on Saturday that some people in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) are conspiring with the drug syndicate that brought a ton of shabu worth P6.8 billion into the country.

Aquino believes that BOC chief Isidro Lapeña was unaware of this illegal activity of some of his men.

“An international drug syndicate will never gamble in bringing illegal drugs here if they don’t have contacts within the Customs who will help facilitate the entry,” the PDEA director said in a phone interview, but did not give further details.

Aquino pointed out that it was impossible for the X-ray machines not to detect the narcotics inside the containers.

 “Those X-ray machines should have the capability (to detect drugs). If they don’t, then we should buy new equipment,” he said.

Agents of PDEA found traces of shabu on Friday in several magnetic lifters they seized at a warehouse in Barangay Francisco Reyes in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite.

The PDEA chief said that since magnetic lifters were already empty when they got it, a ton of shabu could be on its way now to the streets of Metro Manila.

Aquino expressed grief that PDEA’s efforts were nothing as illegal drugs continued to arrive in tons but they could only seize by the grams in their usual operations, with his men and members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) risking their lives.

“We seize around five grams in an operation but the drugs entering are by the ton, so what’s the use of our efforts?” he said.*

Aquino said that there are 11 Chinese out of 19 persons are being linked to this Cavite shabu shipment, though the list does not include any BOC personnel.

“Hopefully, at the end we will be able to find out the others who are involved, aside from the 19 persons of interest,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a press briefing, Lapeña also lamented PDEA’s failure to share information with the BOC.

“I would like to state on record that paramount in increasing our effectiveness in carrying out our mandate of border protection in the suppression and prevention of smuggling of any commodity is the timely receipt of intelligence information from the lead agencies primarily tasked to eliminate illegal drugs in the country, and the close coordination with proper authorities between agencies,” the BOC chief said.

“Our mechanisms are in place, and consistent with my policy to verify all derogatory information received, I would have immediately alerted all those shipments and, if necessary, the entire port to prevent the release of illegal drugs. Since my assumption, the Bureau of Customs conducted intensified and relentless efforts against any form of smuggling,” he added.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that concerned authorities are now coordinating with their foreign counterparts to locate the origin of the latest shabu shipment.

Furthermore, a backtracking probe conducted by BOC revealed that the four magnetic lifters in Cavite were delivered to MYD Trading owned by Marina dela Cruz Signapan with address at 6th floor, Suite 605A Victoria Building, 4239 UN Avenue, Barangay 666, Manila. Customs broker was Katrina Grace Cuasay.

Source: Philstar