3 persons indicted in smuggled P15-M ‘ecstacy tablets’ — NBI

Published May 26, 2021, 11:21 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

National Bureau of Investigation

Three persons have been charged with violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, Republic Act No. 9165, for their reported involvement in the smuggling of P15.7 million worth of suspected ecstacy tablets, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said.

The NBI, in a statement issued on Wednesday, May 26, identified those charged before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office as Glorie Joy Lamato Buzeta, Rowena Evagelio and Michael De Guzman.

It said Evangelio and De Guzman were arrested last May 11 in front of the Central Post Office in Quezon City during an operation that was conducted by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Inter Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG) that includes the NBI, Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Under RA 9165, Evangelio and Buzeta were charged with importation of dangerous drugs, while, De Guzman was charged with attempt of conspiracy.

Evangelio and Buzeta were also charged with violating RA 10863, the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Prior to their arrest, the NBI said that the Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted at the NAIA three parcels “declared as baby clothes, handbag and shoes consigned to a certain Gloria Joy Lamato Buzeta” but were found to contain 9,243 tablets of ecstacy.

Thus, it said, the NAIA-IADITG decided to conduct an operation and allowed the packages to be picked up.

“About 1:15 p.m., a female claimed the 3 parcels and approached a male companion waiting with his motorcycle. Upon placing the parcels on the motorcycle, the operatives approached and arrested the 2 subjects and seized the illegal drugs,” the NBI said.