June 25, 2024

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More illegal drugs intercepted at NAIA

The Bureau of Customs – Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-NAIA), headed by District Collector Mimel Talusan, and partner agencies on Tuesday intercepted four air parcels containing illegal drugs and turned them over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for proper disposition at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC).

Physical examination of the four parcels yielded 2,040 pieces of ecstasy tablets concealed in a foot massager, and 317 cartridges and 14 candies with cannabis oil. The total estimated street value is P3.86 million.

The ecstasy pills originated from France and were sent to a consignee in Pasig City.

The cartridges came from the USA and were shipped to consignees in Malate in Paco, Manila, and Paranaque City.

The illegal drugs are now under the custody of the PDEA for further investigation and possible charges of violation of Republic Act (RA) No. 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and RA 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

On December 9, the BOC NAIA also reported it intercepted six air parcels containing shabu and cannabis oil. For 2022, the BOC NAIA had a total of 36 drug busts with an estimated street value of P443.26 million.

The Bureau of Customs, under the leadership of Commissioner Yogi Filemon L. Ruiz and aligned with the directives of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., will remain vigilant and steadfast against the entry of prohibited drugs and other contraband in all airports and seaports nationwide.