MANILA - Authorities have confiscated P74.8 million worth of shabu concealed inside cushioned chairs and a cooking grill at the Clark Freeport Zone, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said Tuesday.
The drugs were discovered last Friday inside 2 boxes: one that was declared to be containing a grill pan and stool bars yielded 6.5 kilos of shabu; while another box had 4.5 kilos of drugs, PDEA chief Aaron Aquino said in a press conference.
To identify its intended recipients, PDEA mounted a controlled delivery of the drugs to Parañaque and Cavite, which led to the arrest of 4 suspects on Monday, he said.
The PDEA has confiscated 18 shabu shipments from California at Clark and Manila's airport this year, said Aquino.
US, Chinese, and Mexican suspects were behind the deliveries, whose arrested consignees were given P20,000, he added.
PDEA will tighten security checks at international airports, vowed Aquino.
“Baka nakakahuli tayo dito sa Manila, sa Clark, pero marami pumapasok sa Davao, sa Cebu... We have new agents from the PDEA Academy ifo-focus namin sa interdiction task force sa Cebu and Davao," he said.
(We could be making arrests in Manila and Clark, but drugs may be entering Davao and Cebu. We have new agents from the PDEA Academy who will focus on the interdiction task force in Cebu and Davao.)
"Sa Cebu, [the] problem is [it's] a privatized airport. I just hope we can coordinate with their airport.”
PDEA will also strengthen its partnership with courier services, said its chief.
Report from Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News