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Seized illegal drugs costing P1.2B in street value turned over to PDEA.

By Betheena Unite

Various illegal drug tablets worth P128.9 million but can cost up to P1.2 billion street value were turned over by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) today.

Customs Commissioner Isidro LapeAaAaAeA~a disclosed that the seized illeg drugs included Valium, Tamazepam, and unlabeled tablets.

The drugs were shipped to the country from Pakistan on different dates in January. The parcels arrived at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) Warehouse in Ninoy Aquino International Airport. CMEC then forwarded the parcels to the Surface Mail Exchange Department (SMED) in Delpan, Port Area, Manila, where Philippine Post Office personnel found out that it contained suspicious items.

Suspicions bolster when nobody from the different consignees went to the Philpost to claim the items prompting the Philpost personnel to seek the help of the Customs bureau.

Customs agents then found irregular images through the x-ray inspection and discovered that the parcels contained various kinds of illegal drugs with an estimated value of P128, 932, 000.

However, LapeAaAaAeA~a said the value can be double and can even reach P1 billion, according to its street value.

"The price could even double because we only based our estimates on the available price as seen from the internet. This will even be higher when sold in the black market," LapeAaAaAeA~a adde

Drug syndicate

A drug syndicate, allegedly foreign with local counterpart in the country, is behind the seized dangerous drugs, LapeAaAaAeA~a sai

"It seems that these tablets, while there are various recipients, it seems that this is the work of a drug syndicate specializing, peddling on various illegal drug tablets," LapeAaAaAeA~a sai

However the commissioner said they still have no lead as of this posting because the supposed consignees did not appear during investigation to possibly identify the source of the illegal drugs.

Suspicions that the tablets were kind of party drugs will also be investigated, he said.

One parcel consigned to Peter Parcon with address at 415 Pascual St. San Dionisio, Paranaque City was found to be conatining 37,820 tablets of Valium, 1,290 tablets of Temazepam, and 6.37 kilograms of unlabeled tablets. A certain Nasrin Akhtar was identified as the sender.

Another box sent by Qaiser Mehmood Poutt and consigned to Jocelyn Villarino was also seized after Customs personnel discovered 20,600 tablets of valium, 8,990 tablets of Pinnix (Alprozalam), 5,990 tablets of Madalin, 1,980 tablets of Stilnox (Zolpidem), and 8.62 kilograms of unlabeled tablets.

Two more boxes of various medicines suspected to be dangerous drugs were sent by a certain Zahid Hussain and consigned to Rosalie Rosales. BOC agents found 64,450 tablets of 10mg valium.

Customs examiners also discovered another parcel containing 5,990 tablets of Mogadon, 19,790 tablets of 10mg valium, and 16,790 tablets of 5mg valium. The shipment declared as garments arrived on January 10 and were sent by Imran Abbas. It was consigned to Lucy Marpuri and Dang Solvino.

The parcels were seized in violation of pertinent provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act in relation to RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

The consignees will also face charges for unlawful importation of various pharmaceutical products listed under RA 9165.

"We have been warning these illegal traders and importers. We will give you a hard time. Stop these attempts of smuggling drugs to the country. The Bureau of Customs remains on guard against all forms of illegal importations," LapeAaAaAeA~a sai

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Bureau of Customs (BOC) Isidro LapeAaAaAeA~a (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULL
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