- The Bureau of Customs seized parcels containing 5,000 tablets of ecstasy and amphetamine at the Philippine Postal Corp. (PhlPost)
- The illegal drugs are worth P7.5 million according to BOC
- BOC Deputy Commissioner Arnel Alcaraz said that the parcels came from Netherlands and wrongly declared as toys
About P7.5 million worth of illegal drugs contained in several parcels were confiscated by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Philippine Postal Corp. (PhlPost) central office located in Manila.
The parcels intercepted by BOC contained some 5,000 Ecstasy tablets and amphetamine, another dangerous drug classified by the Philippine legislators under the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002.
According to Bureau of Customs Deputy Commissioner Arnel Alcaraz, the recent join operation of their Enforcement Group (EG), Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force, and the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was able to seize the parcels at the PhlPost.
Moreover, during a press conference, Alcaraz said that the parcels were wrongly declared as toys and came from the Netherlands. They were consigned to a certain person named Don Arnold and a Martin Domingo.
The deputy commissioner believes that there is high possibility that a drug syndicate owns the parcels and ordered illegal drugs online through fake identities and Bitcoins so that they could process their orders via the postal service.
“All parcels come in via airmail and pass through the Central Mail Exchange at the airport before they are forwarded to the respective post offices of the port district where these are consigned,” explained Alcaraz.
Also, Alcaraz said that the confiscated parcels were supposed to be released through the collection district of the Post of Manila. Investigations are already conducted to run after the syndicate.
“We already found out the real names of the recipients of the parcels and follow-up joint operations are being undertaken already,” he added.
Meanwhile, BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said that the smuggling of party drugs are still ongoing despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s all-out war against illegal drugs in the country.
Faeldon said that the reason for this is that there is still a high demand for illegal drugs.
“That is how severe the issue of drugs dependency in the country is. That is why we have to address it. These are evidence of the seriousness of the drug dependency of millions of Filipinos and we have to stop it. Let’s address if. Let’s grab the bull by the horns,” said Faeldon.
The BOC also intercepted around 2,000 Ecstasy tablets at the Central Mail Exchange Center last August 22 and around 2.4 kilos of cocaine at the Clark International Airport on August 28.