6 boxes of liquid marijuana seized at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2019   •   203

MANILA, Philippines – Six boxes filled with bottled liquid marijuana were intercepted by agents of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the agency said.

The BOC-NAIA said the shipment, which was declared as “ULEI CBD full plant extract,” was seized inside an inbound shipment from Romania last Friday, Sept. 20.

The boxes, filled with undetermined quantity of substance and labeled with “Lady Mary Farm Cannabidiol CBD Oil BIO,” was sent by BAYER JASILICA to a certain Jeffrey Ciabal Perez of San Pablo City, Laguna,

But upon inspection and testing by authorities, the BOC said, it turned positive for the presence of a substance called tetrahydrocannabinol found in Marijuana.

A case has already been filed against Perez for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and Republic Act 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

BOC arrests Indonesian after bag yields P54M worth of shabu

Robie de Guzman   •   October 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A female Indonesian was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday after her bag was found with P54 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

The BOC said the Indonesian national, identified as Agnes Alexandra, was apprehended when she arrived from Siem Reap, Cambodia early Monday morning as an X-ray scanning of her luggage showed suspected dangerous drugs.

Upon closer inspection, Customs personnel found eight kilograms of crystalline substances wrapped in aluminum foil and concealed under the lining of the baggage.

The substance turned positive for shabu when subjected to a test.

Alexandra and the confiscated drugs have been turned over to the custody of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The foreigner will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

On September 28, the BOC said it also seized a similar shipment from another passenger from Cambodia.

This prompted the bureau to place all flights from the so-called “Golden Triangle” (Laos, Thailand and Myanmar) and neighboring countries under red alert for suspicion that a syndicate with the same name may be behind the illegal shipment.

MIAA suspends flight operations as PAGASA raises red lightning alert

Marje Pelayo   •   October 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) suspended flight and ground operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday (October 2).

This, after the state weather service PAGASA raised a red lightning alert warning in the area.

MIAA previously explained that the red lightning alert warning is a safety measure imposed to prevent any untoward incident or accident when flashes of lightning are prevalent that may endanger airport personnel, ground staff, passengers, and even flight operations.

“The alert will be lifted as soon as PAGASA deems it safe to continue operations,” MIAA said in an advisory.

Lightning RED alert as of 1426H per PAGASA.

Posted by Ninoy Aquino International Airport MIAA on Tuesday, 1 October 2019

P2.4M worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Zamboanga

Robie de Guzman   •   October 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Around 90 boxes of smuggled cigarettes estimated to be worth P2.4 million were seized in transit by the operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Port of Zamboanga last Saturday (Sept. 28).

The BOC said the smuggled cigarettes were intercepted aboard MJ Champion, a wooden watercraft locally known as “Jungkung” from Jolo, Sulu, during a joint operation in the waters off Istanbak in Lower Calarian, Zamboanga City.

BOC-Zamboanga District Collector Atty. Segundo Barte Jr. said the operation was launched after they received information that an undetermined number of smuggled cigarettes will be transported and distributed in Magay and Sta. Cruz Public Markets in Zamboanga City.

The operation was carried out by the BOC with the elements of the Philippine Coast Guard, Task Force Aduana, Naval Intelligence and Security Group Western Mindanao and Naval Special Operations Unit.

“A Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) will be issued against the smuggled cigarettes for violation of Executive Order No. 245, the Amended Rules and Regulations Governing the Exportation and Importation of Leaf Tobacco and Tobacco Products, and Section 117 of Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA),” the BOC said.

“A WSD will also be issued against the vessel, MJ Champion, for transporting the smuggled cigarettes which is a violation of Section 1113 of the CMTA,” it added.

Last September 18, around 30 cartons of assorted cigarettes estimated to be worth P900,000 were also seized at the Port of Zamboanga. The cartons were loaded into two hatch back type vehicles inside the pier area.

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