Davao Customs now tracing travels of container van carrying cocaine

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DAVAO CITY — The Bureau of Customs Davao port is now tracing the routes of the container van which yielded 400 grams of cocaine discovered on November 30 at the International Repair Services (IRS) in Brgy. Labangal General Santos City.

Customs (BOC) Port of Davao, District Collector Atty. Erastus Sandino B. Austria in a press statement said they are now backtracking the port which the van docked to determine the possible entry of the contraband.

On December 1, the Bureau of Custom and PDEA Region XII Director Naravy D. Duquiatan, the Sub-port of Dadiangas, revealed the discovery of more or less 400 grams of suspected cocaine inside an empty reefer van of APL/CMA-CGM with container number APRU5836108 on November 30, 2020, at the International Repair Services (IRS) in Brgy. Labangal General Santos City.

The seizure was made after an aircon technician who was fixing the van’s airconditioning system discovered the suspected cocaine concealed in the van’s aircon condenser.

In a statement, Austria stressed,   “We will never allow the Port of Davao and its sub-ports to be used as an entry point of illegal drugs,” Austria said, adding that, “ In light of this seizure, I have ordered all BOC frontliners to be more vigilant during their watch”.

For her part, Abano reiterated Austria’s order to enhance the monitoring of shipments entering the country. “There could be attempts to take advantage of the holiday season to try to sneak illegal drugs into the country. That is why we should be even more alert during the holidays,” Abano said. Newsline.ph

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