PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency chair, Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva yesterday announced the seizure of eight abandoned parcels at the Central Manila Exchange Center in Pasay City which turned out to be containing nearly P24 million worth of the designer drug called ‘Ecstasy’ smuggled from the Netherlands on Wednesday afternoon.
Villanueva said members of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport-Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group conducted the parcel profiling and K-9 sweeping operations at the CMEC following reports on the presence of the abandoned parcels believed to be containing smuggled drugs.
He said the 1st parcel declared as containing "fishing bath, energy saving LED lights and Disney Pixar items’ and shipped by one Rob Abian of 42 Rue de Spa, Bruxelles, Belguim to Romeo Timon of Block 36, Lot 12, Northville 15, Barangay Cutud in Angeles City, Pampanga Philippines yielded 4,328 pieces of Ecstasy tablets valued at nearly P7.4 million.
The 2nd parcel declared to be containing ‘cosmetic beauty creams’ and shipped by TAN 4464 Ironwood Ave., Seal Beach CA to a certain Reynaldo B. Tomarong of Purok 4, Banilad Bacong, Negros Oriental was found to be containing 10 pieces of vape cartridges containing suspected marijuana oil.
The 3rd and 4th parcels declared as "Gondoliere Coffee (Arabica) products" and shipped by one Michael Kraats of Tomaatstraat 13552GC Utrecht Netherlands to a certain Monica Sanchez of Unit 2868 SMDC Green Residences 709 separately yielded 2,027 pieces of Ecstasy pills worth P3.46 million and 2,005 pieces of ‘Ecstasy’ valued at P3,408,500.
The 5th parcel declared as "coffee" and shipped by one Ad Van Der Kaaji of Hazeslinger 4 3621AT Breukelen, Netherlands to a certain Therese dela Cruz of Sampaguita Road, Pilar Village M28 1740 Las Piñas City was found to be containing 1,51 pieces of ‘Ecstasy’ tablets valued at nearly P5.6 million.
On the other hand, the 6th parcel declared as "coffee DE (espresso)’ and shipped by Ad Van Der Kaaj of Hazeslinger 4 3621AT Breukelen, Netherlands to a certain Jeremy Alvaro of Sampaguita Road, Pilar Village M28 1740 Las Piñas City yielded 1,647 pieces of Ecstasy with an estimated Dangerous Drugs Board value of nearly P2.8 million.
The 7th parcel declared as "Granulaat" and shipped by one Walereus of Weelheelfen NE, 54047 Tilburg, Netherlands to a certain Ding Dailo of 128 P. Zamora Street, Poblacion 1, Nagcarlan, Laguna yielded 488 pieces of Ecstasy valued at P829,600.
The 8th parcel which was declared as"Granulaat PMR" and shipped by one Markeus/ Marlens of FM Kunstockholms, Weelheelfan NE, 5047 Tilburg, Netherlands to the same ‘Ding Dailo of Nagcarlan, Laguna’ was found to be containing 1,808 pieces of Ecstasy worth P3.073,600.
Villanueva said that the K-9 sweeping operation was conducted by PDEA Narcotic Detection Dogs while the physical examination was made by examiners from the Bureau of Customs.
“The contents of the confiscated items were tested positive for the presence of dangerous drugs and chemical precursors and other essential chemicals when tested,” the PDEA chief said.
Villanueva said the names of the shippers and consignees listed in the seized parcels are now being verified. He said that once they turn out to be real persons, the suspects will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.