MANILA - Authorities seized P5.5 million worth of illegal drugs in two post offices in Metro Manila earlier this month.
Confiscated were a total of 1,490 ecstasy tablets, 3,320 valium tablets and 1,850 grams of kush weed or marijuana hidden in snack packs.
District Collector Mimel Talusan of the Bureau of Customs office at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport said that the P2.3 million worth of ecstasy tablets from Germany were declared as gifts, while the P2.9 million worth of kush or marijuana from the United States were declared as tortilla chips.
Consignees of the two parcels are from Cavite and San Juan City.
The owner of the kush or marijuana, identified as Jake Ryan Soriano, was arrested on July 1 after he showed up at the Central Mail Exchange Center of the NAIA in Pasay City.
“After we arrested the individual, we conducted interrogation of the said suspect. Nalaman namin may isang parcel pa siyang parating (We learned he had another parcel coming),” said Gerald Javier, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Deputy Task Group Commander.
The P56,000 worth of valium tablets, meanwhile, were bound for export to 36 consignees in 9 countries: the US, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Saudi Arabia, France, Sweden, Spain and the United Kingdom.
“These were supposed to be exported. We don’t want the Philippines to be the source of illegal drugs,” Talusan said.
The official said the three packages arrived at the post offices in Pasay City and Parañaque City in June and July.
BOC personnel found the packages suspicious due to their smell, she added.
The BOC then sent the packages to the PDEA for testing, which yielded positive results for illegal drugs.
The PDEA is conducting further profiling and case buildup for the filing of charges against the consignees.