Nalusutan ng P11B na shabu! Heads to roll at BOC starting with MICP boss

Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña sought for the relief of the Manila International Container Port (MICP) district collector Vener Baquiran for the release of 1.5 tons of shabu worth over P10 billion.

Lapeña warned BOC personnel engaged in illegal transactions that they “shall all be brought to the surface, and they shall regretfully pay the price for their reprehensible actions.”

Nalusutan ng P11B na shabu! Heads to roll at BOC starting with MICP boss

Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña sought for the relief of the Manila International Container Port (MICP) district collector Vener Baquiran for the release of 1.5 tons of shabu worth over P10 billion. Lapeña warned BOC personnel engaged in illegal transactions that they “shall all be brought to the surface, and they shall regretfully pay the price for their reprehensible actions.”

Lapeña identified the consignee of the shipment as SMYD Trading, discovered in Cavite, which according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) contains some one ton of “shabu” estimated to be worth P6.8 billion.

“As a result of our backtracking investigation, it was identified that it was consigned to SMYD Trading, owned by Marina Dela Cruz Signapan with customs broker Katrina Grace Cuasay, declared the shipment as magnetic lifter,” he said. “The shipment passed through the normal procedure. It was tagged red, had been x-rayed and examined, but, as what PDEA had said, the drugs inside it cannot be detected.”

The Cavite shipment was reported to authorities a day after the BOC seized two magnetic lifters containing some 500 kilos of “shabu” worth P4.3 billion at the Manila International Container Port (MICP), where the Cavite shipment also came from.

Lapeña said he first received information that includes the full details of the shipment (two magnetic lifters) only on August 4. He immediately put the container on hold.

“On August 7, the shipment was opened and examined at the MICP. This shipment which was consigned to Vecaba trading arrived in MICP on June 28. And was abandoned by the consignee. Based on our record, this consignee is not accredited by the Bureau of Customs,” Lapeña added.

On Friday, he ordered the revocation the accreditation of SMYD Trading.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said his office and the Philippine National Police initially received raw data but stressed that all information were subjected to validation.

“Once it’s complete then we can share intelligence which are confirmed and reliable We can’t share information that are considered as hearsays,” Aquino said in a statement.

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