535 ecstasy tablets seized at NAIA

Published January 8, 2021, 6:03 PM

by Ariel Fernandez

The Bureau of Customs, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and Ninoy Aquino International Airport-Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG) seized 535 pieces of ecstasy tablets with a street value of P1 million in an air parcel at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC).

The Bureau of Customs, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and Ninoy Aquino International Airport-Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG) seized 535 pieces of ecstasy tablets with a street value of P1 million in an air parcel at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC). (NAIA Customs / MANILA BULLETIN)
The Bureau of Customs, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and Ninoy Aquino International Airport-Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG) seized 535 pieces of ecstasy tablets with a street value of P1 million in an air parcel at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC). (NAIA Customs / MANILA BULLETIN)

The seized tablets were initially discovered by Customs personnel at CMEC during the 100 percent physical examination of the air parcel.

Subsequent laboratory test conducted by the PDEA confirmed the tablets as ecstasy, a party drug.

Records further showed that subject air parcel came from the Netherlands and was misdeclared as “documents.”

The 535 pieces of ecstasy tablets were turned over to PDEA for further investigation and possible prosecution of individuals involved for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (RA No. 9165) and Section 1401 Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (RA No. 10863).

A total of 23,482 ecstasy tablets worth P42.27 million were seized by BoC0NAIA together with PDEA and NAIA-IADIGT last year.

 
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