Banned drugs put Canadian in deep trouble

A 57-year-old Canadian found himself in deep trouble after he was arrested when he claimed a package from Toronto which turned out to contain 649 tablets of Ephedrine which is considered as a dangerous drug in the country, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino reported yesterday.

Gary Gardner Mader, a resident of 211 Vespera Mirea Residences in Eulogio ‘Amang’ Rodriguez Avenue, Barangay Santolan, Pasig City was placed under arrest after he tried to retrieve the package of Ephedrine at the Central Mail Exchange Center in  Pasay City on Wednesday, the PDEA chair said.

According to Aquino, Mader tried to claim the package which was shipped under his name and  declared as ‘Asthma Supplement’ by Nutrifarm Supplement with office address at 877 Alness Street, Unit 14, Toronto, M3J 2X4, Canada.

The official said that the presence of the Ephedrine tablets in the package from Toronto, Canada was discovered during a thorough examination conducted by a Bureau of Customs examiner and a PDEA K-9 unit assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 4:30 p.m. last Friday.

Aquino said that Ephedrine was reclassified as dangerous drugs and included in the list of controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs) pursuant to DDB Board Regulation No.4, Series of 2005.

He said that the successful interdiction operation was conducted by the PDEA National Capital Region headed by Director Joel Plaza and other members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Group, the BoC, Bureau of Immigration, PNP Aviation Security Group, National Bureau of Investigation, Manila International Airport Authority and the Office of Transportation Security assigned with the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.