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Customs personnel P35-M shabu in airport

 

MORE than P35 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, was seized by the Bureau of Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from a Filipino passenger from Vietnam.

Customs authorities identified the passenger as Nazarene Obillo, who arrived on Saturday morning from Hanoi, Vietnam.

NO WAY OUT Nazarene Obillo covers his face as personnel of the Bureau of Customs retrieve 5.1 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu from his luggage at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. PHOTO BY ENRIQUE AGCAOILI


Officials said Obillo originally came from Siem Reap, Cambodia and took a connecting flight from Vietnam en route to Manila.

NAIA Collector Carmelita Talusan said drug charges would be filed against Obillo.

She added that Obillo tried to evade arrest by leaving his baggage, but was captured in his house in Tarlac province.

NAIA has become a favorite drop-off and distribution point of drug syndicates despite the government’s war against illegal drugs.

Talusan said sneaking drugs into the country through the NAIA is difficult because Customs authorities were on their toes in coordination with the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency.

Last year, 15.96 kilos of shabu and 1.03 kilos of marijuana worth P130 million were also intercepted inside the Fedex warehouse at the NAIA.

In February 2019, Customs personnel also uncovered 13 kilos of shabu worth at least P90 million hidden inside three mufflers that came from West Covina, California.

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