The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday, May 23, arrested a Dutch national and confiscated P15-million worth of pink and blue “cookie monster” ecstasy tablets in a raid in Makati City.
The NBI Anti-Illegal Drugs Division (NBI-AIDD) arrested Dutch national Martin de Fong, the alleged distributor of the seized illegal drugs, in the entrapment operation.
An informant identified de Fong at Rogue’s Bar in Makati City as the supplier of the “cookie monster” ecstasy tablets in the area.
De Fong did not resist arrest and surrendered more than 5,000 ecstasy tablets.
Each ecstasy tablet is allegedly sold for P2,500.
NBI-AIDD head Joel Tovera said de Fong volunteered information on the source of the illegal drugs.
De Fong said the ecstasy tablets are imported from The Netherlands with each shipment containing 50,000 pieces.
“How often these shipments are depend on how fast they dispose of the previous shipment,” said Tovera.
De Fong will be charged with the violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for the sale and distribution of illegal drugs and the possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Five people have died following a concert early morning, May 22, in Pasay City.
The victims were found unconscious during the “Closeup Forever Summer” outdoor concert held at the Mall of Asia (MOA) concert grounds.
Some concert-goers were allegedly high from illegal drugs like ecstasy during the concert.
Police reports identified the fatalities as Bianca Fontejon, 18; American Eric Anthony Miller, 33; Ariel Leal, 22; Lance Garcia, 36; and Ken Migawa, 18.
“They just collapsed individually. They did not know each other. They were all in different places at the time,” said investigating officer Giovanni Arcinue.
The police are looking at heatstroke and dehydration as possible causes of their collapse.
Arcinue said it was too early to say that the deaths were caused by drug-laced drinks, despite rumors on social media.