BOC siezes P8.2-M party drugs from foreign shipments

Published October 29, 2021, 3:30 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

A total of P8.2 million worth of party drugs concealed in three shipments from abroad have been seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC)’s Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City.

Bureau of Customs personnel seize ecstasy hidden inside a turntable from a foreign shipment at a warehouse in Pasay City. (BOC/MANILA BULLETIN)

The BOC-NAIA turned over on Friday, Oct. 29, the siezed party drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for proper disposition and the profiling and case build-up against the consignees.

First to be discovered was a shipment from the Netherlands that was concealed in a letter addressed to a resident from Tondo, Manila. It contained 100 pieces of ecstasy worth around P170,000.

Meanwhile, a total of 4,447 pieces of ecstasy worth P7.5 million were also discovered hidden in a shipment from Germany.

The shipment, which was concealed at a turntable, was misdeclared as “Children’s Toys, Children’s School Bag, Hot Water Bottle, Children’s Shoes, Children’s Hat, Children’s Color, Pencils,” according to BOC.

The third shipment came from Malaysia and contained 178.5 grams of ketamine or “vitamin K” worth P892,500, the BOC said. The illegal drug was hidden inside a water filter.