BOC arrests claimant of PHP4.5-M ‘party drugs’

Government authorities on Monday arrested the claimant of a package containing over 2,000 tablets of ecstasy or “party drugs” worth PHP4.8 million at the Central Post Office in Manila.

In a statement, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of NAIA said a certain Ron Ron Salonga from Port Area, Manila claimed the parcel at around noon and was immediately apprehended.

Records show that the shipment declared as “2 Women Clothes, 1 Kids Clothes & 1 Shoes” was sent by a certain “Mary Lumbao Edward” from the Netherlands and was consigned to a certain resident of Malate, Manila.

Upon further profiling and examination of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Customs examiner and K-9 sweeping, it was discovered that 12 packs of ecstasy tablets with green and gold colors were concealed inside the walls of the box/packaging worth PHP4,892,600.

Chemical lab analysis from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) showed that they were indeed ecstasy tablets.

The claimant and the illegal drugs are now in the custody of PDEA and the suspect is now facing criminal charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Sections 118 (Prohibited Importation), 1113 (Goods Liable for Seizure and Forfeiture) and 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of the Republic Act 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The BOC conducted the operation in coordination with the PDEA and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG).

Last week, joint operatives of the BOC Port of NAIA, PDEA and NAIA-IADITG seized 535 pieces of ecstasy tablets with street value of PHP1 million in an air parcel at Central Mail Exchange Center

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