P15.7 million worth of party drugs seized in QC, two claimants nabbed

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2021   •   460

MANILA, Philippines – Personnel from the Bureau of Customs NAIA along with operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) recently seized a total of 9,243 ecstacy tablets commonly referred as ‘party drugs’ from two claimants in a controlled operation in Quezon City.

The arrested claimants were identified as Rowena Canapit together with a certain Michael de Guzman, who presented an authorization letter from the consignee, a certain Glory Joy Buzeta, in claiming the subject packages at around 1:00 p.m. in Quezon City Postal Office.

Records show that the packages were shipped by a certain Agner Buzeta and Victor Martis from the Netherlands and declared as hand bags and shoes, baby clothes and clothes.

The seized ecstasy tablets, valued at P15.7 million were initially discovered when the x-ray images yielded suspicious items, prompting the assigned Customs Examiner to conduct 100% physical examination of the subject packages.

During the physical examination, the party drugs were found concealed in the false space/compartment of each side of the subject packages.

The said discovery and seizure of illegal drugs were promptly coordinated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for the conduct of controlled delivery operation against the consignee and other responsible individuals for possible prosecution for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Lacson, Sotto test negative for illegal drugs

Maris Federez   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Senator Panfilo Lacson and running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday (November 22) underwent voluntary drug testing at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) office in Diliman, Quezon City, and tested negative for drug use, a statement from the Partido Reporma said.

Earlier in the day, Sotto said: “Magkaalaman na kung sino matatapang”.

The Lacson-Sotto tandem said their move was to show that they are drug-free and fit to run in the 2022 national and local elections.

Sotto earlier said that ordinary drug tests only determine “shabu” or  “marijuana” use.

However, the PDEA test that they took, he said, is a ‘’multi-drug one-step immunometric assay for the detection of drugs of abuse in urine.’’

In the statement, Lacson said he and Sotto took a multi-drug screening procedure, which is capable of detecting all types of illegal substances in a human body. They both tested negative for illegal drugs.

The tandem went through all the protocols from the signing up of forms to the submission of their urine samples where an attending physician monitored them closely to ensure the authenticity of the tests.

Last Friday, Lacson suggested Friday conducting a random drug test to candidates following President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement on an unnamed presidential candidate who was into cocaine.

“I have never been addicted to drugs all my life, so I have no problem with that. In fact, we should all undergo random testing to make it more credible,” he said.

Meanwhile, in an ambush interview in General Santos City, Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go who is also running for president, reiterated that, although it is not mandatory, he is willing to undergo drug testing any time of the day.

“Ako naman po willing magpa-drug test anytime of the day. Anytime po kung kakailanganin,” Go said.

“Though hindi mandatory, pero just to prove lang po sa Pilipino kung sino yung fit na mamuno sa ating bansa ay willing po akong magpa-drug test, any time of the day po,” he added. —/mbmf

Kandidato, arestado matapos mahulihan ng iligal na droga

Maris Federez   •   October 22, 2021

Inaresto ng mga otoridad ang isang kumakandidato sa pagka alkalde sa North Cotabato matapos na mahulihan ng iligal na droga.

Sa bisa ng search warrant mula sa korte na inihain ng 34th Infantry Battalion at ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, naaresto si Tom Nandang na kilala rin bilang Datukon Nandang dahil sa iligal na droga sa Midsayap, North Cotabato nitong Huwebes ng umaga.

Ayon kay Midsayap PNP chief Lt. Col. Rolly Oranza, registered voter si Nandang sa Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao, at tatakbo bilang mayor ngayong 2022 elections.

Hindi nanlaban si Nandang, subalit tumanggi itong gumagamit siya ng iligal na droga.

Nakuha sa kanya ang sampung malalaking pakete ng hinihinalang shabu na tinatayang nagkakahalaga ng limang milyong piso at isang .45 caliber pistol.

Nasa kustodiya na ngayon ng PDEA-12 ang naturang suspek at nakatakdang sampahan ng kasong paglabag sa Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 at Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. —/mbmf (mula sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

P6.5 million worth of Ecstasy pills seized in Pasay City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2021

 MANILA, Philippines – A shipment of ecstasy tablets from Germany was seized at the Central Mail Exchange in Pasay City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement, the BOC said the illegal drugs confiscated on Wednesday was estimated to have a market value of P6,570,500.00.

The operation was conducted by the bureau’s operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.

Initial examination of the parcel revealed two improvised pouches, which contained a total of 3,865 hexagon tablets and skull tablets later confirmed as ecstasy tablets.

“The seized illegal drugs are now under the custody of PDEA for case profiling and build up against persons responsible,” the BOC said.

Individuals behind the shipment may face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act 2002 (Republic Act No. 9165) in relation to Section 119 (Restricted Importation) and Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of Republic Act No. 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), it added.



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