Claimant Nabbed After Receiving Package with Illegal Drugs – BOC

Claimant in Pampanga Arrested after Receiving Package with Illegal Drugs

A claimant in Pampanga was arrested after the package from the United States he was supposed to receive allegedly contains illegal drugs.

A claimant was detained lately by employees from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Clark and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during a controlled delivery operation in Masantol, Pampanga. According to the report, investigators discovered a package containing 47 grams of illegal substances known as Shabu.

Claimant Illegal Drugs

The BOC estimates that the illegal drugs from the United States are worth P324,000.00., based on the report. The identity of the arrested person who received the package was not disclosed by BOC.

On February 21, the BOC detected the illegal substances during a normal search of such luggage from California, USA, and declared it as pictures. After it was determined that the luggage contained illegal drugs, the BOC and PDEA promptly initiated an operation to apprehend the defendant, who was facing various counts.

PDEA chemical laboratory analysis revealed the presence of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride or Shabu, a harmful drug under the Republic Act (R.A.) No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Chief of the BOC Port of Clark, District Collector John Simon, lauded the teamwork and effective coordination between the BOC and the PDEA in apprehending drug traffickers. District Collector Simon also stated that the Port of Clark is continuing to strengthen its capabilities in combating contraband smuggling.

“The recent seizures and arrests of claimants by the BOC are results of our intensified anti-smuggling campaign,” Says Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio.

“We remain committed in achieving the directive of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to curb all forms of smuggling in the country,” he added.

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