February 25, 2024

BOC intercepted P4.94M raw Ecstacy at NAIA

AS part of the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) strengthened campaign against illegal drugs, BOC Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), in collaboration with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG), arrested a claimant of parcel containing 1,460 grams of raw ecstacy.

On June 27, 2023, a joint operation of BOC-NAIA, XIP, CAIDTF and PDEA resulted in the arrest of a claimant from Las Pinas City. Records disclosed that the subject postal item arrived at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) from Berchem, Belgium via postal service on June 20, 2023.

The claimant’s parcel underwent rigorous screening, including x-ray scanning, K9 inspection, and a thorough physical examination, which led to the discovery of the raw methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or raw ecstacy concealed inside a chopping board, with an estimated value of Php 4,964,000.00 as confirmed by PDEA.

The arrested claimant and seized illegal drugs are currently under the custody of PDEA for inquest proceedings for violation of Republic Act 9165, known as the Comprehensive Drug Act, and Republic Act 10863, also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

Under the leadership of Acting District Collector Yasmin O. Mapa, the BOC NAIA remains committed in consistently pursuing Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio’s 5 point priority program, which includes, among others, the intensified border protection initiatives thru enhanced coordination efforts with partner agencies.