CAGAYAN DE ORO – Over 320 drums of Hydrochloric Acid has been turned-over by the Bureau of Customs Port of Cagayan de Oro to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 10 (PDEA 10) on Tuesday, September 8,2020 at Mindanao Container Terminal Sub-port, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
The hydrochloric acid is a precursor chemical for the manufacture of methamphetamine hydrochloride or ‘shabu’.
It was intercepted by the Bureau of Customs at MCT sub-port last 2017 shipped from India and was found out the shipment consigned by Juchem Enterprises has no corresponding permit.
The BOC immediately recommended the issuance of Warrant of Seizure and Detention for the said shipment.
Port Collector John Simon said this is in compliance of the order of President Rodrigo Duterte and Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to guard port of entries from illegal shipments.
“This illegal drugs do not come in as finish product in our country but they come as precursor chemicals that is why we have to be alert,” said Collector John Simon.
The Bureau of Customs in the region will also strengthen its partneship with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to strictly monitor the entry of illegal drugs and its precursor chemicals.
After the signing of the memorandum of turn-over the PDEA shall now take charge of the custody of the hydrochloric acid for appropriate handling.
Dir. Emerson Rosales of PDEA 10 said they will now file a Petition for Destruction to ensure the chemicals will be dispose properly and will not be use illegally.
The chemicals are estimated to cost 20 million pesos.