MANILA, Philippines — A P1.69-million worth of package containing suspected ecstasy declared as vitamins, supplements, and baby and body wash was intercepted by personnel from the Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-Naia), the bureau said on Monday.
According to BOC, the suspected drugs were seized in an inbound express cargo from the United Kingdom at the DHL Express Gateway Warehouse in Naia on November 9.
“In view of scanned suspicious images of the subject cargo by Customs X-ray operatives, underwent a 100% physical examination by the assigned Customs Examiner, which yielded 995 pieces of dark gray tablets and broken tablets of ecstasy or methylenedioxymethamphetamine, with a total estimated street value of PhP 1,691,500.00,” BOC said.
The shipper and consignee are currently being investigated for possible prosecution in violations of Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and RA 10863, also known as the Customs Modernization Act.
“The Bureau of Customs under my watch will remain relentless in our border protection efforts, which include our crusade against all nefarious attempt to smuggle dangerous drugs and all anti-social goods and contraband,” said BOC Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio.
“This successful interception is a testament of the unwavering border protection efforts of our personnel in coordination with our partner enforcement agencies to prevent the spread of illegal narcotics into the country,” he added.