BOC-NAIA seizes P23.5M Ecstasy amid pandemic

August 11, 2020

THE attempts to bring into the country illegal drugs continue despite the pandemic and the fact that those manning the entry points are doubling vigilance.

Proof of this super vigilance is the successful interception by the Bureau of Customs-NAIA of so-called ‘party drugs’ or ecstasy worth a whopping P23.5 million.

The said drugs, also said to be used by partygoers to enhance sex drive, were concealed in coffee and toys for kids.

They were in seven packages in all. Said packages contain a total of 13,824 tablets of ecstasy with an estimated street value of P23,500,800 .

They were seized by the Bureau of Customs-NAIA in the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) warehouse in Pasay City. The said seizure was discovered in different parcels with different consignees.

The seizure is a result of intensified vigilance and strict profiling of Customs  NAIA personnel under the leadership of their tireless District Collector Mimel Talusan.

Records show that the subject shipments originated from Netherlands and Belgium and  were misdeclared as "Caffe Gondoliere Espresso Beans, Caffe Gondoliere Creme Bonen", "Gondoliere Coffee (Arabica)", "Granulaat", "Snoepjes", "Coffee DE (Espresso)", "DE Coffee (Aroma Red) (Mocca)"; and "Fishing Bath, Energy Saving LED Light, Pillow for Kids, Disney Pixar - The Secret Life of Pets".

The suspicious weight of the packages, along with  the recently-discovered modus operandi of smuggling illegal drugs thru “coffee beans”  from other countries  last July 2020, prompted the BoC-NAIA frontliners to subject more parcels to rigid document profilings , x-ray scanning and inspections.

It was upon physical examination by BoC-NAIA Customs examiners that they found  tablets in different colors.  They were “party drugs “or ecstacy concealed in toys and different coffee packs.

Both  field tests conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDTF) Chemical Laboratory  confirmed that the seized tablets were methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or what is more commonly known as ‘ecstacy.’

BOC-NAIA frontliners, Customs Examiners, CIIS, CAIDTF, ESS and XIP Operatives continuously coordinate with PDEA and NAIA-IATG to further strengthen vigilance in guarding passenger terminals and warehouses.

Just the other day, BoC-NAIA turned over to the PDEA the subject seized illegal drugs for further profiling and case build up against the importers and other personalities involved.  This is for possible prosecution for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The said seizure further manifests the commitment of the Bureau of Customs under the leadership of Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, in coordination  with the PDEA, to put a total stop  to any and all kinds of attempts to smuggle dangerous drugs into the country.

This latest accomplishment is the Port of NAIA’s 11th  ecstasy busts  this year.  Last year, BOC-NAIA effected a total of  32 drugbusts. These included seizures of kush marij uana and shabu.

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