PNP, BOC commit info-sharing vs illegal drugs smuggling – Manila Bulletin

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Published October 26, 2022, 6:54 PM
by Aaron Recuenco 
Top police officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Port of Cebu of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) met and discussed ways of collaboration to prevent the smuggling of illegal drugs into the country.
Charlito Martin Mendoza, Port of Cebu district collector, said the meeting happened during the courtesy visit of Police Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba, the newly-installed regional director of the Police Regional Office 7.

“Among those discussed were potential areas for collaboration, especially in the fight against the entry and proliferation of illegal drugs. With the full support of the PNP, we expect a vast source of intelligence information that can further place our customs officers steps ahead of these drug smugglers,” said Mendoza.
“To foil smuggling attempts, it is important that we know how smugglers operate, what goods are vulnerable covers for drugs, and the placement of advanced technologies to complement our trained officers,” he added.
Earlier, Mendoza also met with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Region 7 (PDEA 7) director Levi Ortiz to beef up the Port’s drug enforcement partnership with the PDEA.
The agencies agreed to jointly conduct x-ray image analysis and enforcement training to strengthen their anti-smuggling operations.

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