500 Ecstasy tablets from parcel seized by PDEA, Customs

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  • The PDEA and the Customs seized 500 ecstasy tablets placed inside a parcel
  • The parcel was allegedly addressed to a Filipino consignee and declared to be containing baby albums
  • PDEA warns transport and courier drivers and their companies to be vigilant and extra careful when accepting clients

About 500 ecstasy tablets were recently found by officials allegedly placed inside a parcel that was addressed to a Filipino consignee and declared to be containing baby albums.

The parcel, which was wrapped as a gift by its sender, was seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in one of Central Mail Exchange’s or Cemec’s satellite offices located in Metro Manila, an article published by GMA News Online stated.

According to reports, the bureau’s Anti-illegal Drugs Unit personnel immediately coordinated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Based on initial field testing conducted by the PDEA and BOC, it was found that the more or less 500 tablets found in the parcel were in fact Ecstasy tablets.

As disclosed by BOC officials, a known transport and courier service company was hired by the parcel’s consignee to claim the package.

Allegedly, when the BOC told the company’s driver that the package contained tablets and not baby albums, the driver refused to pick up the parcel.

As requested by the PDEA, the identity of the consignee and the courier company was not disclosed. Currently, the agency is conducting follow up operations and is set to file charges against the consignee.

Based on reports, the street value of ecstasy tablets is around P1,800 per piece. On the other hand, the estimate cost of the tablets in the package is between P700,000 and a million pesos.

PDEA regional director Erwin Oligario stressed that the BOC and PDEA had intercepted illegal drugs in parcels in the past, but according to him,  this is the first time that a transport and courier service company was hired to pick up parcels containing drugs.

With this, the PDEA has issued a warning on transport and courier drivers and their companies to be vigilant and extra careful when accepting clients availing of their services.

PDEA and BOC is set to release details of incidents in which bags of ecstasy and shabu were discovered in parcels delivered to different postal offices in Metro Manila, Oligario revealed.

Considered an illegal drug, ecstasy is known to be sold in high-end clubs and entertainment venues in Metro Manila.

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