Government agents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport seized another smuggled shipment of kush marijuana worth P1.5 million in Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City.
Customs - NAIA district collector Carmelita Talusan said the parcel from California, USA was misdeclared as “streetwear via ebay” and consigned to an individual from Pangasinan.
She said her men placed the parcel under physical examination and discovered 940 grams of kush marijuana.
Talusan said the contraband was immediately turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for proper disposition and for the filing of criminal charges against the owner.
She added possible violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act will be filed against the consignee.
Last month, NAIA Customs agents intercepted smuggled shipments of ecstasy and kush marijuana worth more than P4 million, also at CMEC.
The shipment of 547 grams of marijuana was misdeclared as “gift” and was shipped from Netherlands via DHL Parcel. The consignee was identified as Mark Lumanlan Chavez, a resident of Park Avenue Mansion, Park Avenue Street, Unit 1430, Pasay City.
The second parcel, containing 28 grams of kush marijuana, was declared as “Adult Toys” and came from Nantwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom. The shipment is consigned to an individual residing at 120 Harvard corner Stanford Streets, Provident Village, Barangay Jesus Dela Peña, Marikina City.
The third parcel, containing 500 pieces of ecstasy pills, has no declaration with no shipper’s details and consigned to Kenneth Rosales, a resident of 2564 Tres Borces Street, Mabolo, Cebu City.
The authorities also seized another shipment of kush marijuana worth P3.1 million from California, USA, which was misdeclared as “chocolate.”
“The Port of NAIA has stepped up its efforts to combat the smuggling of illegal drugs into the country through enhanced risk cargo targeting, K-9 dog sweeping and intensified X-ray examination in all passenger terminals and cargo warehouses,” Talusan said.