MANILA — Bureau of Customs Port of NAIA (BOC-NAIA), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and NAIA Interagency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG) have on Monday (17 May 2021) nabbed Kristopher Segumbang for claiming 622 grams of Ketamine “party drugs” worth P3,110,000 during a joint controlled delivery operations in Caloocan City.
At around 2:00 pm, Segumbang, authorized representative of the consignee identified as a certain “Nick Dimagiba,” was arrested by the authorities for claiming the subject package.
Records show that the subject package arrived last May 10, 2021 came from Malaysia declared only 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 by the Customs Examiner, it was found that 15 sachets of white coffee contained a total of 622 grams of Ketamine, which is classified as a dangerous drug under the R.A. 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Ketamine, also known as “Special K” or “K” was originally created as anesthetics but commonly abused as “party drugs” for its tranquilizing effects. It was included in the list of Dangerous Drugs by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) in 2005 under DDB Regulation No. 3.
Both the arrested claimant and seized illegal drugs are now in the custody of the PDEA for case building and criminal prosecution for violation of R.A. 9165 in relation to Section 1401 of the R.A. 10863 or Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
Just last May 11, 2021, BOC NAIA, PDEA, and NAIA-IADITG also apprehended two claimants of a humongous haul of party drug Ecstacy in a Quezon City Postal Office.
The BOC vows that they will continue to pursue intensified and unrelenting campaigns against illegal drugs with the PDEA and NAIA-IADITG to effectively curb the smuggling and trafficking of dangerous drugs. (John Aguilar/AI/MTVN)