Australia-bound shabu hidden in dictionary seized

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A parcel containing methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, was intercepted by operatives of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG) in the cargo office of an international express courier service in Pasay City (Metro Manila).

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Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and task group commander said  the package, which was found to have a plastic sachet of shabu concealed between the pages of a dictionary, was reportedly bound for the southern part of Australia.

The shabu’s weight and street value were not disclosed by PDEA.

On September 29, 2014, duty officers of PDEA Regional Office-National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR) Airport Interdiction Unit under lawyer Jacquelyn de Guzman went to the cargo office to verify reports of a parcel containing suspected illegal drugs.

“When the package was passed through the X-ray machine, the operator noticed the presence of organic material inside the pages of a supposed book. The representative of the courier service immediately informed us about the discovery. True enough, a sachet of white crystalline substance believed to be shabu was found inside when opened by the Customs examiner,” Cacdac said.

Samples of the seized white crystalline substance were subjected to Methamphetamine Reagent Field Test and yielded positive results for the presence of shabu. A sample was submitted to the PDEA Laboratory Service for confirmatory testing, which validated the earlier test that the confiscated drug evidence was indeed shabu.

The package is to be shipped to Adelaide in Australia, with BF Homes, Parañaque City (Metro Manila), as its place of origin.

The identities of and information on  the consignee and the sender indicated in the parcel are now the subject of investigation and validation.

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