THE Enforcement Group of the Bureau of Customs (BOC-EG) under its officer-in-charge, Atty. Arnel Alcaraz, continues to live up to its reputation as the country’s foremost anti-illegal drugs unit, this time intercepting the delivery of some 5,000 pieces of ‘‘Ecstasy’’ pills valued at more than P7.5 million.
At a media briefing yesterday at the Port of Manila (POM), Alcaraz said the shipment in five parcels came from the Netherlands and were coursed thru the Manila Central Post Office.
He also identified the consignees as a certain ‘Don Arnold’ and a certain ‘Martin Domingo’ but expressed the view that these names are most likely fake.
“The modus (operandi) of these drug syndicates is to order illegal drugs online using fake identity, utilizing bitcoins as payment, and coursing the transit of said parcels via the Philippine Postal (PhilPost) service,” Alcaraz said.
The official said they finally decided to open the parcels after some time after the purported recipients failed to surface and claim them. Alcaraz said a more thorough investigation of the incident is now ongoing to unmask the other members of the drug syndicate.
Since Alcaraz’s appointment as “OIC” of the EG last August 18, the group has already been credited for twice intercepting two huge shipments of illegal drugs.
Last August 22, the EG also intercepted a shipment of 2,000 pieces of Ecstasy pills coursed thru the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay City while some 2.8 kilos of cocaine were seized from an arriving passenger at the Clark International Airport last August 28.
Since 2014, the EG, then under Deputy Commissioner Ariel Nepomuceno has merited citations from the NALECC (National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee) for its anti-illegal drugs campaign, even topping the anti-drug campaign of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.