The Bureau of Customs seized 604 kilos of suspected shabu valued at P6.4 billion in two warehouses in Valenzuela City Friday.
The illegal drugs hidden in cylindrical roller printing machines from China were uncovered on Aster St., Paso de Blas and F. Bautista St., Ugong.
Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon disclosed that he received an intelligence report from Zhang Xiaohui, director of the International Enforcement Cooperation Division of the Anti-Smuggling Bureau, General Administration of China Customs, stating that the two warehouses were being used in illegal drug activities.
The BoC, armed with a letter of authority and visitorial powers, raided the two warehouses along with the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Valenzuela police and found the shabu.
BoC Intelligence and Investigation Service Director Neil Estrella said the consignees of the printing machines, Fidel Anoche Dee and his sister, were apprehended during the raid.
Also apprehended were Milbert Pilos, 20; and a three-year-old boy.
The seized shabu is under PDEA and NBI custody.
Faeldon said that the successful operation manifests the strong commitment and cooperation between China and the Philippines in fighting illegal drugs.
“Our level of effective information sharing with China Customs Cooperation sends a strong warning to all those involved in the drugs trade,” Faeldon said.
Police said those arrested were “dummies” of a big drug syndicate. (Jel Santos and Betheena Kae Unite)
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