Senior officials from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Port of Cebu Bureau of Customs (BOC) met and discussed ways of working together to prevent the smuggling of illegal drugs into the country.
Cebu Port District Collector Charlito Martin Mendoza said the meeting took place during the courtesy visit of the police brigadier. General Roderick Augustus Alba, the new Regional Director of Regional Police Bureau 7.
“Among those discussed were potential areas of collaboration, particularly in combating the entry and proliferation of illicit drugs. With the full support of the PNP, we expect a vast source of intelligence information that can still put our customs officers ahead of these drug traffickers,” Mendoza said.
“To thwart smuggling attempts, it is important that we know how smugglers operate, which goods are vulnerable cover for drugs and the placement of advanced technologies to complement our trained officers,” he added.
Previously, Mendoza also met with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Region 7 (PDEA 7) Director Levi Ortiz to strengthen the port’s partnership with the PDEA.
The agencies agreed to jointly conduct X-ray image analysis and law enforcement training to bolster their anti-smuggling operations.
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