(Bureau of Customs logo)

(Bureau of Customs logo)

MANILA, May 9 (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Customs on Thursday filed smuggling and drug charges against a Nigerian national before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Michael P. Owoborode was charged for violation of Sections 3601 and 2530 of the Tariffs and Customs Code of the Philippines and violation of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

BOC Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon said Owoborode was arrested by Customs police operatives upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport from Bangkok, Thailand at about 8:30 p.m. of April 19, 2013 after his luggage, through a false compartment, yielded more or less three kilograms of white crystalline substance.

Upon initial testing by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and BOC operatives using the marquis reagent, the substance turned out to be methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” worth P24 million.

“The three kilos of shabu were found in three plastic sealed carbon paper packages wrapped with brown duct tape of white crystalline substance,” Biazon said.

“This Nigerian national is certain to be part of an international drug syndicate which uses the Philippines as one of its markets and transhipment points. Today’s filing of charges against Owoborode is our message then, to international drug rings that we will spare no one in our campaign against smuggling, especially on the illegal drugs trade,” he added.

Owoborode, who is now under the custody of the PDEA, could be facing the maximum penalty of life imprisonment under Philippine laws. (MNS)