P7.5-M illegal drugs found in Netherlands parcels

An estimated P7,500,000 worth of ecstasy, as well as an undetermined weight of amphetamine, was found in parcels from Netherlands, officials reported in on Wednesday, September 14. “The Bureau of Customs (BOC) led by Enforcement Group (EG) in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) intercepted parcels with more or less five thousand (5,000) pieces of ecstasy with an estimated street value of Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (P 7,500,000) and an undetermined weight of amphetamine at Manila Central Post Office,” the BOC said in a statement.


It was disclosed that the amphetamine found in one of the parcels is classified as dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002. The illegal drug were found in five parcels; three of which were consigned to a certain Don Arnold while two were consigned to a certain Martin Domingo. OIC-Deputy Commissioner Arnel Alcaraz of EG said the modus of the drug syndicates is ordering illegal drugs online using fake identity, utilizing bitcoins as payment, and coursing the transit of the parcels via the Philippine Postal service. “A more in-depth investigation was ordered to identify personalities involved in this illegal activity,” the bureau noted. In the past three weeks, the BOC’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs has resulted to the interception of more or less 2,000 pieces of ecstasy tablets on 22 August at Central Mail Exchange Center, and 2.4 kgs. of cocaine at the Clark International Airport on 28 August.
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