Abandoned bags at NAIA yield ‘shabu’

September 28, 2019

ALERT Bureau of Customs (BoC) personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted crystallized substance believed to be shabu hidden in two abandoned checked-in luggage weighing 5.16 kilos with an estimated street value of P35.1 million.

BoC-NAIA District Collector Mimel Talusan said that during regular customs inspection at the Arrival Area of NAIA Terminal 1, a checked-in brown trolley bag and a hand-carry backpack were abandoned at the Arrival Area.

The owner of the luggage arrived in the country on board Philippine Airlines flight PR 596 from Hanoi, Vietnam.

Talusan said the brown trolley bag belongs to a certain Nazarenne Obillo according to the claim stub issued by the airline. Flight PR 596 arrived around 5:46 yesterday morning.

The abandoned baggage was reported to Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDTF) which coordinated with NAIA-Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG) for a drug interdiction operation.

The NAIA was given the recipient of a special award from Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero last February during the anniversary of the Bureau of Customs for being “The Port with the most number of Border Control Seizures for the Year 2018.”