By Ariel Fernandez
Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) the three parcels intercepted in Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) containing ecstasy tablets and dried marijuana leaves amounting to P2 million peso worth.
NAIA customs district Collector Carmelita Talusan said the first parcel that was declared as “gift and toys” contained some 500 grams of raw ecstasy shipped by a certain Bram De Lang of Adriaan Van Bergestraat of Netherlands and some 547 grams of kush or high grade marijuana from Germany — all consigned to a certain Mark Chavez of Park Avenue Mansion in Pasay City.
The second parcel was declared as “Adult Toys” with no indicated shipper’s name from 27 Welsh Row, Nantwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom and with no consignee name with an address at 120 Harvard St., Corner Stanford St., Provident Village, Barangay Jesus Dela Peña, Marikina City, PH which yielded more or less 28 grams of Kush with an estimated standard drug price of P44,800.00.
The third parcel has no declaration with no shipper’s details and consigned Ken Kenneth Rosales of 2564 Tres Borces St., Mabolo, Cebu City, PH which yielded more or less 500 pieces of Ecstasy (MDMA) tablets with a street value of P850,000.
The intercepted parcels containing illegal drugs were turned over to the PDEA after the BOC issued a warrant of seizure and detention in compliance with RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
Talusan said that the Bureau of Customs at NAIA has already had 25 drug busts this year alone. Since 2018, the port has already had 86 drug busts and is actively protecting the country from illegal drugs even during this pandemic.