DESPITE the government’s bloody anti-drug campaign, there are still some who obviously are not deterred as they continue to allegedly engage in illegal drugs trafficking.
Last Saturday, Bureau of Customs operatives and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents arrested two individuals after claiming a knapsack filled with 1.2 kilos of suspected metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu at the FedEx warehouse near Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. They were identified as Mark Anthony Porto de Leon, 26, a dance instructor from Mabalacat, Pampanga; and Bryan Cortez, also from the province Pampanga.
According to the PDEA, the shabu laden knapsack was shipped via FedEx from Congo by a certain Matumona Kinzolan Guylain. It was declared as synthetic hair and was consigned to a certain Ronaldo P. Rivera of Bagumbayan, Caloocan City. The seized shabu has an estimated street value of P8 million.
BOC District III Collector Ed Macabeo said the knapsack came on October 21, 2016. He added that customs personnel discovered the illegal drugs after the bag was subjected to x-ray scanning.
Moreover, Macabeo explained that they were able to communicate with the consignee, which was initially identified as Ronald Rivera, through the package’s name tag, which also included a mobile phone number. He added that the BoC called the consignee and told him that his package has already arrived and ready for release.
Customs-NAIA police chief Reggie Tuazon and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service Manolo Arevalo said when De Leon came to claim the package, the authorities pounced on him. He added that De Leon initially identified himself as Ronald Rivera but later disclosed his real name after intense questioning.
De Leon was charged with falsification of public documents and, together with Cortez, violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).