More illegal drugs seize at NAIA

By Benjamin Lim Vergara

NAIA Terminal 3. Image ©

THE Bureau of Customs on Thursday has seized more than PhP15.496 million worth of illegal substance at the Central Mail Exchange Center and Federal Express (FedEx) warehouses.

Port of NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) District Collector Carmelita Talusan and Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña presented the methamphetamine hydrochloride otherwise known as shabu as well as party drugs and marijuana during a press briefing at the NAIA’s Customs house.

According to Talusan, at least five shipments, which came from Thailand, USA, Rwanda and Pakistan, arrived on April, May and June. The contrabands were hidden in foot and calf massager, religious frame, letter, boxing gloves, baseball jersey, and clothes.

These were consigned to Melinda Dacallos of Calooocan City, Joseph Manialac of Angeles City, Logy Ramirez of Batac, Ilocos Norte, Edward dela Rosa of Las Piñas City, and Rico Delicano of Cotabato City, who will all be charged for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the Comprehensive Drugs Act once they have been identified, according to Lapeña.

(File photo) Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña Photo ©

Lapeña said that 2.21 kilos of shabu, 48 oil ampules and 12 pieces of small plastic container with jelly marmalade that were found to have cannabis or marijuana content, while 69,870 tablets of Valium and Mogadon concealed in five packages arrived at the CMEC and FedEx warehouses in separate dates.

The shabu is estimated to have a street value of PhP14 million, while Valium and Mogadon street value is more or less PhP1.496 million. The value of marijuana is yet to be determined, BOC officials said.

The interception of the seized illegal drugs would not be made possible without the profiling skills of Customs examiners,” Lapeña said, adding that all Customs officers have been directed to be vigilant in profiling documents and subject to all x-ray and physical examination of all targeted goods.

The drugs were later turned over to the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for further investigation and disposition.

Lapeña, meanwhile, announced that the Bureau of Customs was able to hit the revenue target in September.

According to Financial Service, the bureau collected a total revenue of PhP52.420 billion, having a revenue surplus registered at 0.9 percent versus the target of P51.956 billion for this month.


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Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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