By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
COMBINED operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Group intercepted a mailed package containing hundreds of illegal party drugs worth PhP1.5 million and arrested its consignee.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino, in a press statement Saturday, identified the arrested consignee as 20-year old Monica D. Santos of No. 159 Tomas Morato St. corner Kamuning Street, Barangay Obrero, Quezon City. She was arrested after she tried to claim a pouch containing methylenedioxy methamphetamine (MDMA) in a PhilPost Office in Pasay City.
The pouch, which contains 962 tablets of MDMA, was mailed by a certain Samson Santos with address at No. 110 ‘S’ Gravendijkoreez 1104 DA, The Netherlands, Aquino said.
PDEA Regional Office National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR) Director Ismael G. Fajardo, Jr. told Aquino that a duty examiner of Bureau of Customs (BOC) informed the NAIA-IADITG about a suspicious package from the Netherlands which yielded an organic substance when it passed through the cargo X-ray screening machine on April 5, 2018.
To confirm the information, Fajardo said, a PDEA K9 was brought in to inspect the suspicious package. The anti-narcotic detection dog (NDD) indicated the presence of a dangerous drug. He added that his office immediately coordinated with the management of the foreign cargo company that brought the item to the country asking it to inform the consignee of the package that it is ready for pick-up.
On Friday at around 11:00 in the morning, Ms. Santos came and tried to retrieve the package for which she was later apprehended.
A case for violation of Section 4 (Importation of Dangerous Drugs) under Article II, of Republic Act 9165 (the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) will be filed in court this week against the suspect who is under the custody of PDEA RO-NCR.
Furthermore, the identity and information of the shipper indicated in the parcel is currently the subject of investigation and validation.