SOME 2,000 pieces of Ecstasy, also known as ‘party drugs’, were seized by the Bureau of Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The illegal drugs were presented to the airport media yesterday by Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and NAIA Customs District Collector Ed Macabeo, who said that the said drugs were seized at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) after arriving last May 7, 2016 from Germany.
The said drugs, with an estimated street value of at least P3 million, were placed in batches of 500 grams in plastic sachets which were then wrapped in brown envelopes and declared as ‘vitamins.’ They were said to be consigned to a certain Darwin Bernandino of Novaliches, Quezon City, and sent by Legion Limited of Germany.
It was learned from Macabeo that drug-sniffing dogs reacted right after scanning the parcels as soon as they arrived so the said parcels were immediately placed on alert status and subjected to a thorough inspection and examination.
Subsequent inspection showed that the said parcel/shipment contained a total of 2,000 tablets of Ecstasy, a dangerous drug under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs of 2002.
Macabeo said that for sometime, the Customs Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force (CAIDTF) waited for the consignee to claim the parcel but no one came forward.
Faeldon, meanwhile, warned that he will release the list of 200 smugglers in the country in two months, while they are preparing the evidence against them.