MANILA – Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Sunday reported the arrest of two claimants of air parcel containing over 5,000 grams of kush or high-grade marijuana worth PHP8.2 million.
In a statement, the BOC identified them as Van Joshua Magpantay and Johnyengle Hernandez who were nabbed in a vape shop in Lipa City, Batangas on Saturday.
The parcel arrived through FedEx Pasay City and was sent by a certain Nina Manual from California, United States.
It was misdeclared as "musical instruments" and consigned to a certain Dimitria Escalona of Batangas.
The parcel was subjected to X-ray scanning and 100 percent physical examination of BOC personnel together with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
It was verified to contain two vacuum sealed transparent plastics containing a total of 5,129 grams of dried leaves later identified as kush.
The apprehended claimants and seized dangerous drugs are now under the custodial investigation of PDEA for filing of criminal charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
They were arrested through a controlled delivery operation in Batangas by the BOC-NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport), PDEA and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.
Earlier, the authorities seized PHP1 million worth of “party drugs ecstasy” at the Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City.
The string of apprehensions involving illegal drugs manifests BOC-NAIA's commitment to fully support the anti-illegal drugs campaign of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero and PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva. (PNA)