£ 16.9million worth of party drugs seized from Clark

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The AUTHORITIES recently intercepted 16.9 million pesos of ecstasy or party drugs at Clark International Airport.

The Customs Office (BOC) said the illegal drugs were concealed in a package of sheets, handbags, shoes and other items shipped from Brussels, Belgium.

During an x-ray and physical examination, a customs inspector noticed an unusual bundle wrapped around sheets.

Inside the box were approximately 9,948 pieces of colored tablets for ecstasy or the “love pill”. It would increase the perception of colors and sounds and amplify the sensations when we touch or caress another person, especially during love.

K9 units inside the airport managed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) confirmed the presence of illegal drugs inside the package.

Samples of the seized narcotics were turned over to the PDEA for chemical laboratory analysis which later confirmed that the tablets were either methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or ecstasy.

District Collector Alexandra Lumontad issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the consignment in question for violating Sections 1400, 118 (g), 119 (d) and 1113 para. f, i & l (3 & 4) of the Law of the Republic (RA) 10863, also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariffs Law (CMTA) compared to RA 9165, also known as the name of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

On November 5, 2021, a controlled delivery operation was carried out by authorities to the recipient’s address in Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City which resulted in the arrest of the applicant, who the PDEA confirmed as Elisha Mae Y. Ilas, 21 years old, resident of BMA corner Kaliraya, Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City.

Authorities led by officers from PDEA-Central Luzon as well as PDEA-National Capital Region, Customs Office-Clark Port, Quezon City District Office, Philippine National Police Station 11 seized the illegal drugs from the lady recipient.

Ilas was arrested after accepting the package from a PDEA agent who was acting as a courier for the courier service.

The illicit drugs in question will be handed over to the PDEA in accordance with Customs Administrative Order 03-2020 and the applicant will be subject to an investigation procedure.

The Port of Clark has pledged to step up its efforts against illegal drugs to support President Duterte’s war on prohibited drugs.


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