THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday said that two container vans reported carrying P60 billion worth of shabu turned out to be loaded with insulating conductors and “ukay-ukay” or used clothes when checked by agents.
PDEA chief Director General Aaron N. Aquino also clarified reports they ignored a tip on the supposed drug shipment since they reported the matter to the Bureau of Customs immediately.
Aquino said that a physical examination of the containers yielded no drugs but the insulation materials.
The PDEA chief said he was surprised by an article by Special envoy to China Mon Tulfo in the October 5 issue of the Manila Times that PDEA ignored the tip on two container vans with P60-billion shabu.
He said that based on an initial report from the Bureau of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, the BOC Enforcement Service, Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force, Philippine Coast Guard, National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, and elements of PDEA Seaport Interdiction Unit, conducted a physical examination of the 40-foot container vans bearing number WHLU5559440 with Bill of Lading Number 0229A01132 under WanHai Lines Ltd., 10th Floor, 136 Sung Chiang Road, Taipei, Taiwan that arrived in the Philippines last January 27.
Aquino said that the check found no illegal drugs. He added that the container vans had a cargo of ukay-ukay or used clothes and insulating conductors.
The container vans arrived at the Manila International Container Port on January 25, shipped under WanHai Lines Ltd., located at 10th Floor, 136 Sung Chiang Road, Taipei, Taiwan and consigned to Tapnatch Freight International.