Claimants of P9.5M Ecstacy drugs arrested

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) – Port of NAIA, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the NAIA Inter-agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG), arrested claimants of 5,637 tablets of Ecstasy “Party Drugs” concealed in Foot Spa Machine with estimated street value of Php9,582,900 during a joint controlled delivery operation in QC Philpost Office on July 12, 2021.

Records show that the subject package arrived last June 28, 2021, from Neuss, Germany, and was declared as “Childrens Toys, Somer Sandals, Bag, Socks, Pants, Rain Boots, and Birthday Stock”.

The seized illegal drugs were initially discovered during the non-intrusive x-ray scanning of the subject package by the X-ray Inspection Project (XIP NAIA) and K-9 sniffing.

Upon 100% physical examination conducted by the customs examiner, the subject package was found to contain 5,637 tablets of Ecstasy classified as a dangerous drug under the R.A. 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The claimants are currently undergoing custodial investigation by the PDEA for possible violation of RA 9165 also known as the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Sections 1400 and 1401 in relation to Section 119 of RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The Bureau of Customs under the leadership of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, and the Port of NAIA headed by District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan remain steadfast in its mandate of strengthening border protection and enforcement in the country’s premier airport.