Misdeclared P750,000 worth of ecstasy drugs seized

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MDMA powder/crystals seized from a package at the Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City | Photo from BOC

An illicit parcel with 196 ecstasy tablets and 151 grams of methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine (MDMA) powder/crystals (raw ecstasy) was seized at the Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City by customs operatives and other law enforcers.

The parcel declared as “keychain” was sent by a certain Jansen J.J.K. from Amersfoort, Netherlands, and destined for Cebu City. It was apprehended by operatives from the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG), BOC said in a statement

Upon 100% physical examination, the parcel was found to contain 196 ecstasy tablets and 151 grams of MDMA powder/crystals with an aggregate street value of P750,000.

PDEA chemical laboratory results confirmed that the tablets and the crystallized substance contained MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy or molly.

The illegal drugs were turned over to PDEA for further investigation and institution of inquest proceedings against involved individuals for violation of Republic Act (RA) No. 9165, also known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, and in relation to Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of RA 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Since January 2020, BOC-NAIA, in partnership with PDEA and NAIA-IADITG, has intercepted 41 different shipments of illegal drugs with a total value of P83.6 million. Of these shipments, 13 contained ecstasy with an aggregate value of P40.4 million.