The Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be more strict in inspecting toys bound for abroad after a teddy bear to be shipped to South Africa was found to contain capsules of a substance used in making shabu.
The stuffed toy was sent through a courier service and was to be delivered to a “Miss H. Thompson” in South Africa, NAIA Customs officer-in-charge Joel Pinawin said.
The 200 capsules stuffed inside the toy showed up on a Customs X-ray machine in the airport’s cargo area last Wednesday, Pinawin said. The teddy bear was sent to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for inspection.
PDEA agents opened up the toy on Thursday to examine the capsules. The agency confirmed the capsules were methamphetamine, Pinawin said.
The package was sent by a certain Jason Thomas from Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, but authorities suspect the sender is fictitious.
The discovery prompted airport Customs to pay closer attention to packages containing stuffed toys.
“Toys will also be inspected as they are now used for illegal drugs,” Pinawin said.