FOR two successful seizures of huge quantities of prohibited drugs in the past week at the NAIA Terminal 3, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines commended the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA IADITG) and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The said two seizures were made first on October 15, involving 6.2 kilograms of cocaine, and another on October 17, involving 4.3 kilograms of cocaine, in addition to other substances.
It was learned that these are, respectively, the third and fourth drug seizures at NAIA this month, based on tipped information coming from the DEA.
In both cases, the US Embassy’s DEA office received information about potential contraband aboard an incoming international flight. The DEA shared the information with the NAIA-IADITG, led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The Bureau of Customs discovered the contraband in the subjects’ checked luggage and had them arrested. PDEA seized approximately 6.2 kilograms of cocaine on October 15, and 4.3 kg of cocaine plus 677 grams of a synthetic stimulant commonly known as “bath salts” on October 17.
The NAIA-IADITG is a multi-agency task force led by PDEA established in a cooperative effort between the Philippine and US governments. The US government provides training, equipment and infrastructure support.