Customs intercepts P300,000 worth of ecstasy pills

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) has intercepted P378,000 worth of unlabeled ecstasy pills coming into the country from Germany.

BOC-Enforcement Group Deputy Commissioner Ariel Nepomuceno said the parcel declared as make up containing 252 pills arrived in the country from Germany through the Paranaque City postal services last April 21.

The consignee identified as Jesus Galahad Rumbaua was arrested by operative of the Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDTF) for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The CAIDTF subjected the said pills to qualitative examination upon observation that they were identical to ecstasy.

It was confirmed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) that the pills has methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), locally known as ecstasy, an illegal substance used primarily as a party drug.

"The Bureau of Customs condemns the transportation of illegal and unregulated drugs using various parcel systems. This is a particularly popular method of transporting because it is relatively safe and inexpensive but the BOC will apply the full force of the law when proven guilty," he said in a statement.

With this, the BOC warned that it is serious in going after large and small-scale drug trafficking methods through close partnership with national and local enforcement agencies to conduct joint operations, including controlled deliveries. (FP/Sunnex)

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