Shipment of P5-M shabu seized

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Friday, March 7, 2014


A KILO of crystal meth locally known as “shabu,” with an estimated market value of P5 million, was intercepted by aviation authorities at the Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA), the police reported Friday.

Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Ariel Huesca said the shipment was intercepted Thursday at the security screening area of ZIA.

Chief Inspector Huesca said the cargo, which was sent through a courier firm, was supposed to be brought to Tawi-Tawi province Friday aboard a commercial plane from Zamboanga City.

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Huesca said the cargo arrived in the city from Manila last Wednesday. It is consigned to Dayang Askali of Datu Halun Street, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

He said the cargo was sent by Walter Aquino of 118, Reparo Street, Caloocan City.

Aviation Security Group (AVSEGroup) commander Villaflor Bannawagan said the shipment was intercepted after the Office of the Transport Security (OTS) personnel manning the x-ray machine noticed a suspicious content inside the box and recommended for manual inspection.

Superintendent Bannawagan said he immediately coordinated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Customs, and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to inspect manually the cargo.

Bannawagan said the box contained several packs of foodstuffs and food formula when they inspected it manually.

However, authorities found out that the content of the cornstarch carton pack is a kilo of shabu with an estimated market value of P5 million.

He said the confiscated shabu was turned over to the PDEA for proper disposition.

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