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Moro-moro lang! BOC, PDEA’s P1B shabu entrapment ops a cover up- source

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The auction held by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to bait the drug syndicate which brought in P1 billion worth of shabu into the country was just a cover up for their failure to catch the shipment at the ports, multiple sources said.

The sources said Goldwin Commercial Warehouse, the company which submitted the highest bid for the shabu shipment declared as tapioca starch, is innocent.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino earlier said the 146 kilos of shabu from Cambodia was seized at the Goldwin Commercial Warehouse in Malabon.

BOC organized the auction in April after finding out the declared tapioca shipment, which was consigned to Goroyam Trading, contained illegal drugs.

Based on PDEA’s account, the drugs were discovered because an aluminum palette broke as Goldwin was loading the shipment after the auction and the shabu literally spilled on the floor.

Sources said both BOC and PDEA knew Goldwin was innocent but needed to give the appearance that they conducted a legitimate operation. They assumed whoever won the bid was the intended recipient of the shipment.

However, documents from the two government agencies showed they cleared the shipment as drug-free before the auction. Even seasoned agents from PDEA and BOC said the logic of assuming the winning bidder is the intended recipient is flawed.

As of posting time, Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero maintains BOC agents conducted a legitimate operation.

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