P1.8-M ecstasy tablets uncovered in bags of candies from Netherlands

Published March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Betheena Unite

Instead of bags of candies, more than a thousand tablets of ecstasy worth P1.8 million were uncovered in two parcels claimed by a woman at the Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City Thursday.

A total of 1,073 ecstasy pills with an estimated value of P1,824,100 were intercepted by agents from the Bureau of Customs and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) from the claimant identified as Kim Fuentes of Makati City.

According to the bureau, both parcels came from Leusden, Netherlands and were declared as “bags of candy.” The prohibited drugs were packed among bags of candies to dupe Customs inspection.

The ecstasy pills were placed inside four sealed clear plastic bags concealed in caramel candy bags, based on the 100 percent physical examination imposed on the packages. Laboratory tests conducted by the PDEA then yielded positive results for ecstasy.

The suspect was arrested while claiming the parcels, the bureau said.

The consignee and the ecstasy tablets were turned over to the PDEA for inquest proceedings for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act No. 9165) in relation to Sections 118 (Prohibited Importation), 1113 (Goods Liable for Seizure and Forfeiture), and 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.