650 tablets of ephedrine seized at NAIA

Published March 21, 2019, 3:02 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Raymund Antonio

Customs authorities assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have seized 650 tablets of ephedrine smuggled through a parcel from Ontario, Canada.


The ephedrine, a precursor used for making shabu, was intercepted by Bureau of Customs (BOC) agents on March 19 at the Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City.

BOC-NAIA said the parcel was consigned to a Canadian who went to claim the package. The agents found his parcel containing illegal drugs after it was subjected to physical examination.

The bureau did not identify the Canadian consignee, but a police report said it was Gary Gardner Mader who received the parcel that was labelled as “Asthma Supplement.”

Mader was arrested for allegedly violating Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Police said they were conducting further investigation whether the drug suspect has cohorts in receiving the 650 tables of ephedrine.
BOC-NAIA said the seized illegal drugs have been turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Ephedrine is classified by PDEA as a dangerous drug pursuant to Board Regulation No. 4, Series of 2005. This has a similar chemical structure to amphetamines, and is a chemical ingredient in the manufacture of shabu.

The latest apprehension at NAIA raised the Customs total haul to 35 drug busts from March last year to March 2019. This is the highest number of drug bust for a year in BOC history.

BOC’s 17 ports nationwide have been implementing stricter measures in protecting the country’s borders to prevent the entry of illegal drugs, firearms, and other contraband items.