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

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2021   •   221

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.

3 drug personalities killed in drug buy-bust; P68M worth of shabu seized

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2021

Three drug personalities were neutralized in a drug buy-bust operation launched by the Philippine National Police and and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives in Cebu, Cityon Thursday evening (June 10).

PNP Chief General Guillermo Eleazar identified one of the suspects as alias Levon.

Anti-illegal drug operatives encountered Levon and his two unidentified male cohorts during a drug buy-bust operation at Brgy. Campo 4, Talisay City and Brgy Tap-Tap, Cebu City around 9:00 p.m. of June 10, 2021.

The encounter led to an armed confrontation which resulted in the deaths of the three drug suspects.

Recovered at the crime scene were 10 large packs containing suspected shabu weighing 10 kilos with estimated standard drug price of P68 million and two firearms.

Eleazar assured that the PNP will continue its fight in curbing illegal drugs.

“The Philippine National Police remains steadfast, under the PNP Intensified Cleanliness Policy, in fighting the bigger war on illegal drugs without let-up. The PNP offers no compromise for anyone found to be involved in illegal drugs activities. We remain constantly working with PDEA to crush the real enemy,” he said. AAC

BOC, PDEA seize P3-M worth of ketamine party drugs concealed in coffee sachets

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs-Port of NAIA (BOC-NAIA) together with operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized 622 grams of ketamine ‘party drugs’ in Caloocan City on Monday (May 17).

Authorities arrested the claimant of the package ‘Kristopher Segumbang’, named as authorized representative of the consignee known as a certain “Nick Dimagiba.”,

Records show that the subject package arrived last May 10, 2021 from Malaysia, and was declared as “snacks”.

The seized illegal drugs were initially discovered when its package was subjected to non-intrusive x-ray scanning by the X-ray Inspection Project (XIP NAIA) and K-9 sweeping.

Upon physical examination conducted, the customs examiner found 15 sachets of white coffee containing a total of 622 grams of ketamine.

Ketamine is classified as dangerous drugs under the R.A. 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Also known as “Special K” or “K”, it was originally created as anesthetics but commonly abused as “party drugs” for its tranquilizing effects.

Both the arrested claimant and seized illegal drugs are now in the custody of PDEA for case building and criminal prosecution for violation of R.A. 9165 in relation to Section 1401 of R.A. 10863 or Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

PNP, PDEA draw-up guidelines to improve coordination in conduct of anti-drug ops

Robie de Guzman   •   May 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are crafting guidelines on law enforcement operation to avoid miscommunication, the police Public Information Office (PIO) said Monday.

The PNP-PIO said Police chief General Guillermo Eleazar and PDEA director general Wilkins Villanueva met on Saturday to discuss ways on how to improve coordination, collaboration and cooperation of PNP and PDEA operating units to avoid previous incidents of misencounter during illegal drug operations.

Other ranking officials of the PNP and PDEA also attended the meeting.

The PNP-PIO said that among the salient points discussed in the meeting was the crafting of a unified operational guidelines and protocols that shall be observed by PNP and PDEA units when conducting anti-illegal drugs operations.

These include more rigid coordination procedures that must clearly indicate the specific areas of operation at the Station Level in big cities.

Eleazar earlier noted that “illegal drug syndicates are taking advantage of the weaknesses or gaps in the rules of procedure on coordination and inter-operations between the PNP and the PDEA.”

“Kasama ang PDEA, ito ang tututukan natin ngayon para maiwasan na maulit pa ang anumang pagkukulang sa koordinasyon at komunikasyon,” he said.

The move comes after members of PDEA and Quezon City Police nearly figured in a misencounter in the middle of an anti-illegal drug operation at a mall.

Last February, elements of Quezon City police and PDEA agents figured in a shootout along Commonwealth Avenue during a supposed anti-drug operation.

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