THE Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-NAIA) under District Collector Yasmin Obillos-Mapa intercepted an inbound express cargo containing suspected dangerous drugs, declared as vitamins, supplements, baby wash and body wash, on November 9, 2023, at the DHL Express Gateway Warehouse in NAIA.
In view of scanned suspicious images of the subject cargo by Customs X-ray operatives, underwent a 100% physical examination by the assigned Customs Examiner, which yielded 995 pieces of dark gray tablets and broken tablets of ecstasy or methylenedioxymethamphetamine, with a total estimated street value of PhP 1,691,500.00.
Upon coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG), both the shipper and consignee are currently undergoing investigation and case build-up for possible prosecution for violations of RA 9165 and RA 10863, also known as the Customs Modernization Act (CMTA).
Commissioner Rubio stated, “The Bureau of Customs under my watch will remain relentless in our border protection efforts, which include our crusade against all nefarious attempt to smuggle dangerous drugs and all anti-social goods and contraband. This successful interception is a testament of the unwavering border protection efforts of our personnel in coordination with our partner enforcement agencies to prevent the spread of illegal narcotics into the country.”