P2.1 million worth of ecstasy seized in Pasay

Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 22 2019 05:22 PM

MANILA - Some P2.1 million worth of ecstasy were intercepted by the Bureau of Customs at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) district collector Carmelita Talusan on Friday said the shipment arrived last October 2018 at the CMEC.

Talusan said the package came from a certain G. Voorthuzen in the Netherlands and was declared as a 'lightbox.' The shipment, however, had no details of the consignee.

"This is the first time na may dumating na walang consignee's name, hindi namin pwede sabihin may insider. Ang analysis namin it could be trial shipment. We will be more vigilant to check the incoming parcels," Talusan told reporters.

(This is the first time that a package arrived without a consignee's name, we can't say there's an insider. Based on our analysis, it could be a trial shipment. We will be more vigilant to check the incoming parcels.)

"We had to coordinate with PhilPost and origin, they only made the response last January," CMEC Sub-collector Wilnora Cawile said.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said the drugs will be destroyed and disposed properly in 72 hours upon the issuance of a court order.

The Port of NAIA has seized more than P28 million worth of ecstasy in 2018.