By Chito Chavez
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has further targeted suspected foreign drug personalities unlawfully conducting their operations in the country.
Despite its limited resources and archipelagic geography, Derrick Arnold Carreon PDEA spokesman defended the smuggled shipment of illegal drugs being transported in the country.
“The country’s other agencies are being confronted with the same problem. PDEA under Director-General Aaron Aquino is still on top of the job with the confiscation of illegal drugs worth billions of pesos where foreign nationals were involved,’’ Carreon said.
On Tuesday, PDEA agents arrested a Canadian citizen during an interdiction operation in Pasay City where 649 Ephedrine tablets were seized.
Aquino identified the suspect as Gary Mader y Gardner, 57 years old, a Canadian citizen, presently residing in 211 Vespera Mirea Residences, Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Avenue Santolan Pasig City.
A about 4:30 in the afternoon of March 19, joint elements of PDEA Regional Office National Capital Region, Ninoy Aquino International Airport- Inter Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (PDEA RO NCR, NAIA-IADITG), PNP- Drug Enforcement Unit, Aviation Security Group, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration, Manila International Airport Authority- APD, and the Office of the Transportation Security conducted the interdiction operation in Central Mail Exchange Center that led to the arrest of the suspect.
The 649 tablets of ephedrine were declared as “Asthma Supplement” shipped by Nutrifarm Supplement, with office address at 877 Alness Street, Unit 14, Toronto, M3J 2X4, Canada.
The package containing the tablet was consigned to Mader who received it at the Central Mail Exchange Center.
In a report to Aquino, PDEA agents said the tablets were discovered during a thorough examination of the package by a Customs Examiner and sweeping of PDEA K9.
Ephedrine is 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.
The suspect will be charged for violation of Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.