Faeldon admits lapses in operation over entrance of illegal drugs from China

admin   •   August 2, 2017   •   3790

FILE PHOTO: BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon

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.

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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

 

Over P500,000 worth of smuggled rice seized in Cebu port

Robie de Guzman   •   August 12, 2020

More than half a million pesos worth of smuggled rice was intercepted at the Port of Cebu, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Wednesday.

The BOC said the shipment containing 495 bags of Myanmar White Rice was seized on August 10.

“This latest apprehension is the result of the intelligence and investigative work of the Port’s Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) headed by District Commander SPAS Jerry M. Arizabal,” the bureau said in a statement.

The bags of rice were intercepted after the ESS received information that a shipment that arrived at the Port of Cebu from Kaohsiung, Taiwan on July 23 was loaded with imported rice.

The bureau’s investigation showed that the inward foreign manifest declared the shipment to contain personal effects. It was consigned to a certain Theresa Lawas of Barangay Pansoy, Municipality of Sogod, Cebu.

However, verification with Barangay Pansoy revealed that it had no resident named Theresa Lawas.

With this information, Acting District Collector Atty. Charlito Martin Mendoza issued a Pre-Lodgement Control Order against the shipment on 29 July 2020.

“A 100% physical examination was subsequently conducted by Customs Examiner Odilon Bustamante in the presence of representatives from the ESS, X-ray Inspection Project (XIP), Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. (CCBI)-Cebu Chapter,” the BOC said.

The physical examination yielded 495 bags of Myanmar White Rice, and no personal effects as stated in the manifest, it added.

The bags of rice were also not covered by any Sanitary and Phytosanitary Clearance from the Bureau of Plant Industry.

Consequently, a Warrant of Seizure and Detention against the shipment for violation of Section 1113(f) and (l) par. 5of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

The BOC reminded importers to properly declare their goods, and identify themselves in shipping documents. It also called on the public to report to the Bureau any information about illegal shipments that are attempted to be brought into the country.

BOC seizes P23.5M worth of ecstacy concealed in coffee, kids’ toys

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 13,824 tablets of party drug Ecstacy, with an estimated street value of P23,500,800, were seized in Pasay City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement, the BOC said its personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted the tablets at the Central Mail Exchange Center warehouse.

The tablets were found in seven parcels addressed to different consignees, it added.

The shipments, which reportedly originated from the Netherlands and Belgium, were declared as coffee and kids’ toys.

The bureau said the parcels were subjected to inspection after its personnel found the weight of the packages “suspicious.” The examination was also conducted following a discovery in July of smuggled illegal drugs through “coffee beans” from abroad.

Upon physical examination, Custom examiners found the tablets in different colors and concealed in toys and wrappers of coffee.

Field tests conducted by Customs Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency confirmed that the seized tablets were methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as Ecstacy.

The BOC said it already turned over to PDEA the seized illegal drugs for further profiling and case build-up against the importers and other individuals involved in the possible prosecution for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

P1.6M worth of Kush, marijuana infused products seized at Port of Clark – BOC

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2020

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.

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