Customs, PDEA arrest suspected marijuana smuggler in Cebu City

Published September 30, 2020, 9:21 PM

by Ariel Fernandez

Elements of the Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport and  Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 7 have arrested  the claimant of more than 1,000 grams of kush marijuana worth P1.5 million in Cebu City on Tuesday, September 29.

(photo from Ariel Fernandez)

The authorities conducted a controlled delivery operation which resulted in the apprehension of Jan Robert Pareles at Asmara Urban Resort, 1 Paseo Saturnino St., Barangay Banilad, Cebu City.

Records showed that the subject cargo was declared as “shisha”, and shipped by Richard Mrozek of Spain and consigned to a certain Mateo Abato of Cebu City.

The parceI arrived at the FedEx warehouse on Sept. 18.

The BoC-NAIA personnel found out that the cargo contined kush marijuana, and they immediately coordinated with PDEA for appropriate chemical laboratory analysis.

The suspect will be charged with violations of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.