As much as PHP4.5 million-worth (US$91,647) of methamphetamine was discovered in Pasay City’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport by the Bureau of Customs, whose officers found the drugs hidden inside chocolate wafer tin cans.
The seizure occurred on Wednesday last week during an inspection of unclaimed parcels at the airport’s warehouse, with the intention of throwing items that have been “overstaying” at the storage area, Customs announced today.
Government records showed that the meth came from Las Vegas, Nevada, and was supposed to be sent to a resident of Hagonoy, Bulacan. To conceal the contents of the packages, the sender described its contents as “toy/present.”
“However, ensuing physical examination thereof revealed the same to contain chocolates; stuffed toy; candy; slippers; socks; and 2 cans of chocolate wafer where the illegal drugs were hidden and used to conceal the illegal drugs,” the Customs said in its statement.
The substances were tested at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, which affirmed that they were indeed meth. The government intends to file a case against the importers of the meth-carrying chocolate wafer cans, for possibly violating the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.