Customs to trace origin of cocaine-bearing van

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Monday, March 24, 2014

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Davao is tracing the original port of embarkation and the movement of the seized container van found to have contained high-grade cocaine.

A total of 24 bricks of high-grade cocaine were recovered on Saturday inside a Maersk Sealand container van at Sumifru Wharf in Davao City.

“It is noteworthy to highlight the fact that shipment of the empty container van from Manila to Davao was a local transaction of process and therefore not subject to the BOC Port of Davao processing and monitoring,” the BOC-Davao said Monday.


“Nonetheless, this situation is a crucial concern, so Collection District 12 of Bureau of Customs is looking into the enhancement of monitoring and the accounting of the flow of empty container vans used for import and export in coordination with the shipping lines and the container yards in the Customs zone, as well as those terminals and CY’s outside of Custom zone within the jurisdiction of District 12,” it added.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shows recovered cocaine bricks
DAVAO. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shows the 51 bricks so far recovered of the least 64 bricks of high-grade cocaine (estimated to cost P5 million each) found hidden inside a refrigerated container van at the Sumifru Wharf in Tibungco. (King Rodriguez)

A total of 51 blocks of cocaine were recovered from one container van after 27 more bricks were found Sunday. They are now in the custody of Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The BOC-Davao said it will find out how the container ended up in Davao and how the illegal drugs were embedded into the container.

“This may also help in ascertaining the extent of this illegal drug trade scenario and the Modus operandi employed,” the agency said in a statement.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 25, 2014.

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