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Agents seize P6M contraband

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Government agents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted 19 smuggled shipments of assorted drugs worth more than P6 million at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay City.

The team from the Bureau of Customs and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group confiscated the shipments containing high-grade marijuana, ecstasy, cannabis oil, and dry opium poppy flowers.

The shipments were declared as basketball and trading cards, gift toys, electrical machines and apparatus, jewelry, nutritional oil, jigsaw puzzles, and boots, which according to the Bureau of

Customs, was a clear case of technical smuggling.

They were sent from Canada and the United States, and consigned to residents in cities of Makati, Pasig, Caloocan, Taguig, Manila, and Quezon City, as well as provinces of Laguna, Bulacan, Bataan, Zambales, and Isabela.

The seized drugs were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for proper disposal.  The shipment owners, whom the authorities did not identify, will face criminal charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.


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