AT LEAST P1.173-billion worth of illegal drugs were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) since President Rodrigo Duterte, who vowed to crackdown on narcotics trade, assumed the office.
“The Bureau of Customs has so far confiscated around P1.173 billion worth of various types of illegal drugs in different operations, conducted from July to Mid-November,” Neil Anthony Estrella, BOC acting spokesman for Enforcement and Intelligence Operations, said in a press briefing.
Estrella said about P927 million worth of shabu had been confiscated in 11 major operations, P17 million worth of ecstasy in four operations, and P227 million worth of cocaine in eight operations.
He said the BOC’s “biggest catch” in an operation with the Philippine National Police Anti-illegal Drug Group (PNP-AIDG) was in Claveria, Cagayan, where 180 plastic bags of shabu worth P900 million had been confiscated last July 3.
Estrella also said the BOC, with PNP-AIDG and the Philippine Coast Guard, had seized last July 11 in Subic, Zambales a Chinese fishing vessel found to be manufacturing and transporting illegal drugs to the country.
He added that four Chinese nationals considered “high-value targets” had been arrested during the operation.
Estrella said the BOC would continue its operation against illegal drugs to support the President in his fight against narcotics. (Sunnex)