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Yachts in Transport of P9.7 Billion Shabu Seized

Shabu in Yachts

A joint team comprising the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized four private yachts, including the one allegedly used to transport P9.68 billion worth of shabu in Batangas in April.

Here are some details according to the report of the Philippine Star.

Details of the Operation

Authorities seized the yachts in Nasugbu, Batangas, on June 28. Canadian national Thomas Gordon O’Quinn, who also goes by the name James Toby Martin, reportedly owned them. Furthermore, police arrested O’Quinn in Tagaytay in May for his alleged involvement in delivering 1.4 tons of illegal drugs intercepted at a police checkpoint in Barangay Pinagkurusan, Alitagtag town, on April 15.

The yacht allegedly used to transport the illegal drugs was named Mr. Kiwi. The authorities identified the other seized vessels as Spoontuz, Solar Boat, and Sy Aragon.

Additionally, with the help of the Port of Manila’s Customs Investigation and Intelligence Service Field Station and Water Patrol Division, the BOC issued a warrant of detention against the four vessels on June 27. The team seized the yachts for alleged violation of Section 1113 of Republic Act 10863, the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Execution of Warrant

Upon receiving information about the whereabouts of the vessels, the BOC coordinated with the PNP and PDEA to serve the warrant. Moreover, the authorities have docked the yachts at a port in Nasugbu and will turn them over to the Port of Manila’s auction and cargo disposal division.

“President Marcos Jr. tasked us to ensure that our borders are secure, our trade is lawful, and our communities are safe. In response, we launched a series of comprehensive initiatives aimed at dismantling drug smuggling,” Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio said.

Furthermore, the ongoing collaboration between the BOC, PNP, and PDEA highlights the Philippine government’s commitment to curbing illegal drug smuggling and ensuring national security.

Read Also: Zamboanga City Seizes P13.6M Shabu in Drug Trafficking Battle

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