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Seized ecstasy tablets by the Bureau of Customs Port of Clark | Photo from BOC

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Clark seized 988 ecstasy tablets with an estimated value of P1.6 million and contained in a shipment declared as “air humidifier.”

The shipment arrived on September 1 from Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, and under non-intrusive examination, revealed images of various tablets similar to those of previously apprehended ecstasy. A physical examination showed that aside from an air humidifier, the package also hid 988 tablets of ecstasy in assorted colors.

Samples taken for laboratory testing and chemical analysis confirmed the presence of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as ecstasy, which is considered a dangerous drug under Republic Act (RA) No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

On September 2, 2020, a warrant of seizure and detention was issued by BOC-Clark district collector Atty. Ruby Alameda against the shipment for violation of relevant sections of RA 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, in relation to RA 9165.

The latest apprehension is BOC-Clark’s 18th seized shipment of illegal drugs this year, bringing the collection district’s illegal drug seizures for this year to a total of over P34 million.

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