Rapper ‘Loonie’, 4 others nabbed in Makati drug buy-bust

Robie de Guzman   •   September 19, 2019   •   2089

MANILA, Philippines – Battle rapper ‘Loonie’ and four others were nabbed by authorities during an illegal drug buy-bust operation in Makati City on Wednesday night.

‘Loonie’, whose real name is Marlon Peroramas, was arrested by members of Makati police Drug Enforcement Unit including his companions identified as Albert Alvarez, Ivan Agustin, David Rizon and Idyll Liza Peroramas, Loonie’s sibling.

Makati police chief Col. Rogelio Simon said they launched the operation at a basement of a condominium in Barangay Poblacion in Makati at past 8 p.m. Wednesday.

This is after surveilling Loonie for a month following an information about his alleged illegal activities.

“Tumutugma ito sa lahat ng impormasyon na ibinigay ng ating informant na karamihan ng mga activities niya ay ginagawa dito sa Makati at isinasabay niya y’ong kaniyang pagdi-distribute ng mga ganitong klaseng kontrabando, itong Kush na ‘to, itong high grade marijuana na ‘to,” Simon said.

Seized from the group were 15 sachets of dried leaves believed to be high-grade marijuana (kush) with an estimated value of P100,000; cellphone and marked money.

Loonie, who rose to fame in the rap battle league FlipTop, denied the allegations.

“Hindi totoo lahat n’ong paratang sa akin. Hindi po sa amin ‘yan,” he said.

“Ang cellphone ko po diyan ‘yong isa, ‘yong maliit po. Hindi po ‘yan sa akin. ‘Yang pera po at saka ‘yong lahat ng mga nasa sachet, hindi po sa’kin ‘yan,” he added.

Loonie insisted they went to the area to meet a child with a cancer.

“Pumunta po kami dito para sa batang may cancer. Nanggaling pa po ako sa radio interview kanina. Dumerecho po ako dito t’as bigla na lang pong ganoon,” he said.

The Makati police chief has expressed dismay over Loonie’s arrest due to drug-related charges.

“Nakakasama ng loob dahil personally kilala ko y’ong tao. Maraming nag-a-idol sa kaniya meaning madali siyang makahikayat ng mga nag-a-idolized sa kaniya dahil sa sikat siya,” Simon said.

Loonie and his companions may face charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Customs seizes over P1-M worth of marijuana at Port of Clark

Robie de Guzman   •   June 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday said it has intercepted P1.1 million worth of marijuana from a misdeclared shipment at Port of Clark.

In a statement, the BOC said the 966 grams of marijuana was found in a shipment declared as “art-work fine” which arrived from California, USA on June 9.

The shipment was subjected to strict profiling of documents and x-ray examination, the bureau said.

“Physical examination on the subject shipment yielded two vacuum-sealed clear plastic packs of suspected fine kush weeds,” it added.

Said shipment was likewise subjected to K9 sniffing which indicated presence of illegal drugs.

Thereafter, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chemical analysis was conducted affirming the findings of BOC-Clark personnel.

The BOC said the seized marijuana has been turned over to the PDEA Region 3 on June 18.

Also turned over to the PDEA were two other shipments containing separately one bottle of CBD Oil and six tobacco rolling papers which likewise positively resulted for presence of marijuana.

“Warrants of Seizure and Detention (WSD) were issued by District Collector Ruby Alameda against the subject shipments for violation of Sections 118 (g), 119 (d) & 1113 (f), (i) & (l) of R.A. No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” the bureau said.

The BOC also reported that last March 30, 2020, the Port of Clark also apprehended P13.2 million worth of marijuana bringing the total to12.535 kgs of illegal or illegal substances seized by the port in 2020.

Bureau of Customs turns over P13.2-M worth of seized marijuana to PDEA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 7, 2020

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday (April 6) turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11.569 kilograms of seized marijuana with an estimated value of P13.2 million.

The customs examiner suspected some irregularities when upon physical examination of 14 cans labeled as a healthy meal formula, the labels were found to be movable and not permanently attached.

This prompted the examiner to have the cans opened that revealed to contain plastic sachets of leaves suspected to be marijuana.

The items were also subjected to K9 sniffing which indicated the presence of illegal drugs, prompting a chemical analysis by PDEA which affirmed the findings of BOC-Clark personnel.

On 30 March 2020, Warrants of Seizure and Detention (WSD) were issued by District Collector Ruby Alameda against the subject shipments for violation of R.A. No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

BOC seizes P200K worth of Kush weeds, liquid marijuana

Robie de Guzman   •   January 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-NAIA) on Tuesday said it has intercepted a shipment allegedly containing kush weeds and liquid marijuana with an estimated value of P200,000.

The BOC-NAIA said the shipment was confiscated at the Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City on Monday, January 6.

The parcel was intercepted by the bureau in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.

The shipment, which was declared to contain a pair of shoes and chocolate, was identified to have originated from California.

The parcel was subjected to further examination after authorities detected the scent it emitted which was similar to marijuana shipments previously intercepted by authorities.

It was found to contain four packs of suspected kush weeds and ten cartridges of liquid marijuana.

The shipment was consigned to a certain Xavier Martin Bulos from Sampaloc, Manila, who was arrested when he claimed the parcel.

The BOC said Bulos will face charges for violation of RA 9165 also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization Tariff Act.

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