OVER 500 tablets of suspected party drug ecstasy were intercepted by airport authorities at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Friday, January 8, 2021.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Debold Sinas said the tablets were valued at around P1 million.
Sinas said 535 tablets were discovered by the Bureau of Customs in an air parcel misdeclared as documents. The shipment came from The Netherlands.
The contraband were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which will conduct an investigation and possibly prosecute the individuals involved in the illegal importation.
Importation of illegal drugs violates the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (RA No. 9165) and Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (RA No. 10863).
"The crackdown on illegal drugs targets shabu, marijuana and so-called party drugs like ecstacy. The PNP is fully aware of how resourceful these narco-syndicates have become, but make no mistake. We will go after you,” Sinas said in a statement.
A few days ago, the Police Drug Enforcement Group seized 2,800 ecstasy pills during a series of operations in Cainta, Rizal and Ermita, Manila. (SunStar Philippines)