THE Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark (BoC-Clark) has foiled an attempt by a suspected drug syndicate to bring into the country some P7 million worth of prohibited substances.
The discovery also led to the arrest of the drug claimant, a resident of Cebu City but his identity was withheld pending results of an ongoing investigation.
Seized by BoC-Clark operatives were two packs of 1,000 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” concealed inside an imported cooking appliance that arrived on February 16 from Sha Alam, Malaysia.
Documents showed that that illegal shipment was declared as “air fryer” but when subjected to x-ray examination revealed images of organic substances. A subsequent physical examination confirmed suspicion that illegal drugs were concealed inside the air fryer.
Samples taken for laboratory testing and chemical analysis also showed positive results for the presence of shabu, which is prohibited and classified as dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165.
The claimant was arrested by operatives of the BoC and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 3 (Central Luzon) following a controlled delivery operation.
A case for violation of Section 4 (Importation of Dangerous Drugs) in relation to Section 26a , Article 2 of RA 9165 will be filed against the suspect.