The Bureau of Customs NAIA, together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG) foiled another smuggling attempt to bring into the country two (2) parcels of vape cartridges containing liquid marijuana at Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay City.
Records show that first parcel was sent by a certain “Tan” from California, USA, and was mis-declared as “Cosmetic Beauty Cream” to avoid detection.
The second parcel was sent by a certain “Travis Arvin” from Oregon, USA, and was again mis-delared as “video” to avoid apprehension.
Thru the continuing vigilance and strict profiling of BOC-NAIA front-liners, the said parcels were apprehended and found to contain a total of 21 pieces of vape cartridges.
The said apprehension was coordinated with PDEA and NAIA-IADITG, which was later confirmed thru PDEA Chemical Laboratory that the seized vape cartridges contained Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, one of the chemical compounds found in marijuana.
PDEA continues to remind the public that the importation of Marijuana and its compounds, components and derivatives is still strictly prohibited under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
BOC-NAIA formally turned over the seized illegal drugs and records to the PDEA on October 9, 2020 for further profiling and case build up against the importers and responsible persons for possible prosecution for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
BOC-NAIA with the active partnership of PDEA and NAIA-IADITG remains steadfast in pursuit of the anti-illegal drugs campaign of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.
District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan lauded the BOC-NAIA front-liners as they remain focused in the performance of their duty of protecting the country’s border against the importation and exportation of illegal drugs, substances and other contraband inimical to national security and public health despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kiara Lauren Ibanez / BENJAMIN CUARESMA