Faeldon admits lapses in operation over entrance of illegal drugs from China
admin • August 2, 2017 • 3786
FILE PHOTO: BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon
MANILA, Philippines — Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon did not deny the lapses in the processing of seized illegal drugs at a warehouse in Valenzuela City last May 26.
It can be recalled Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency National Capital Region Director Wilkins Villanueva claimed in a congressional probe that the said illegal drugs were scattered on the floor when PDEA operatives arrived at the warehouse.
The illicit drugs were also not marked when delivered to an authorized officer of PDEA.
But Faeldon defended the decision of Customs personnel to open the said contraband.
“PDEA operatives were informed 9am.they arrived there past 1 o’clock. That’s more than 4 hours since we informed them. That’s even longer from the time we received information sa China from the time we already operated it,” he said.
The Customs chief also pointed out that if only PDEA operatives arrived at the scene early, the alleged procedural errors would not have happened.
“If he arrived earlier those procedural errors that we have committed could have been corrected earlier. All his pronouncement are accurate but there are facts that he did not mention,” he added.
Meanwhile, Faeldon noted that they acknowledge the authority of PDEA when it comes to the processing of seized illegal drugs, further adding that the recent error is just an isolated case of miscommunication.
Commissioner Faeldon said one solution he sees in preventing another procedural error in the confiscation of illegal drugs is to join forces with PDEA in conducting operations up to the inventory of the contrabands. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
Shipments containing Kush and various marijuana infused products worth more than P1.6 million were recently seized at the Port of Clark in Pampanga, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Friday.
In a statement, the BOC said its operatives intercepted the shipments after conducting strict profiling of consignees, importation documents and non-intrusive examination of eight shipments from the United States of America, Canada, France and Germany.
The bureau said that out of the eight shipments, two were suspected to contain kush marijuana leaves which were declared as “2 gift shirts and 2 baby blankets.”
The BOC said this prompted the opening of the package which revealed two gift shirts used to cover eight vacuum sealed packs of dried leaves and toppings while the two baby blankets covered three vacuum sealed packs of dried leaves suspected to be marijuana.
The other six shipments contained various marijuana infused products such as two small boxes of CBD creams, 4 pieces of inhalers made with hemp cannabidoil, a CBD Vape Pen, two packs of CBD infused gummies, six packs of Juicy Jay Hemp Wraps, three bottles of Bergland Tee Baum, three bottles of Japanissches Minz-Heilol, 15 pieces of disposable CBD cartridges and 23 boxes of E-liquid pods.
“The shipments were likewise subjected to K9 sniffing which indicated the presence of illegal drugs. Thereafter, PDEA chemical analysis was conducted and showed positive result for the presence of marijuana, affirming the suspicion of the Customs Examiners,” the BOC said.
Warrants of Seizure and Detention (WSD) were issued by District Collector Ruby Alameda against the subject shipments for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act in relation to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The BOC said the seized items have been turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 3 last August 5.
In coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the BOC raided the warehouse and discovered 1,000 master cases of illicit cigarettes and 648 boxes of fake N95 masks which copied designs and logos of famous luxury fashion brands.
The seized items has been transported to the ESS Security Coral located in the Port of Manila for further inventory and investigation.
“The latest apprehension affirms the Bureau’s steadfast committment in preventing the entry of smuggled items into the country as well as protecting the public from the dangers of using fake items such as protective equipment especially during this time of pandemic,” the BOC said. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The remaining shipment containing 6,000 metric tons of household hazardous waste was finally sent back to South Korea from the Port of Cagayan de Oro, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Wednesday.
In a statement, the BOC said the shipment, comprised of 80 containers and loaded on MV Mahia, was re-exported to its origin in Pyeongtaek City on August 4.
There-exportation of the wastes resumed on Tuesday after being halted for some time due to the restrictions imposed amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, it added.
The re-exportation of 251 containers of wastes from South Korea was initiated by the BOC in January but got delayed due to the pandemic, and the failure of the consignee to secure prior import permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The bureau said that waste shipments arrived in the country in 2018 at the Port of Cagayan on two separate occasions. It was consigned to Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corporation.
The shipments were both declared plastic synthetic flakes but an inspection conducted by the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau revealed that these contained household hazardous wastes.
The bureau ordered the immediate return of the shipments pursuant to Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act, and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their disposal.
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