The Bureau of Customs debunked the allegations of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency that Php 6.8 billion worth of crystalized methamphetamine, locally known as shabu, was smuggled to the country anew.
During the hearing of the House Dangerous Drugs Committee, BOC Comm. Isidro Lapena said that the four metallic containers found in General Mariano, Alvarez, Cavite tested negative of the illegal substance.
Based on the results of the laboratory tests, BOC insists that PDEA’s accusations are baseless.
“Based on the result of the laboratory analysis both from PDEA and the PNP, four magnetic lifters have no presence of dangerous drugs,” Lapeña said.
However, PDEA Deputy Director for Operations Atty. Ruel Lasala insisted that the discovered lifters in Cavite contained a shabu shipment and explained that their K-9 units sat after sniffing the magnetic lifters, indicating that they smelled illegal drugs.
The PDEA official also pointed out that the consignee of the magnetic lifters in Cavite has the same address as the consignee of the magnetic lifters from the Manila International Container Port that contained Php 4.3 billion worth of shabu.
Meanwhile, the House Committee decided to issue a ‘strongly-worded’ letter to compel PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino to attend their subsequent hearings.
Aquino failed to attend the hearing on Tuesday, August 14, due to an out-of-town commitment.