BOC-NAIA seizes P13.5 million in illegal drugs


Cans of fruit cocktail and peaches yielded illegal drugs worth P13.5 million at the Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City.

Authorities have intercepted a shipment of illegal drugs valued at P13.5 million last June 7 at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay City.

Disguised as canned food and fruits, the parcel originated from Denmark and was addressed to an individual in Taguig City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said in a statement.

Following field tests conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), authorities discovered 5,033 Ecstasy tablets and 998 grams of Ketamine concealed within the package.

Criminal charges will be filed against the intended recipient for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and Section 1401 of Republic Act No. 10863, also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Y. Rubio reiterated that the bureau is committed to upholding the law and ensuring the safety of the public.

BOC-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) District Collector Yasmin O. Mapa, meanwhile, vowed to further strengthen vigilance and safeguard the country's borders against the illegal drug trade.

The successful operations were led by the BOC-NAIA in collaboration with PDEA and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.