PH Customs seizes PHP1.6M-worth of smuggled ecstasy tablets passed off as ‘humidifiers’

<i>Photo: Bureau of Customs / FB</i>
Photo: Bureau of Customs / FB

The Bureau of Customs today announced that it has seized an estimated PHP1.6 million (US$32,956) worth of ecstasy and other illegal drugs allegedly smuggled into Pampanga’s Clark International Airport from the United Kingdom.

Customs said in a statement that 988 pieces of ecstasy and other illegal drugs arrived in the Philippines on Sept. 1 and the consigner passed off the cargo as “air humidifiers.”

The shipment did contain a few humidifiers, but authorities discovered that it also contained ecstasy. Lab testing confirmed that it was indeed the party drug, considered an illegal substance under Republic Act No. 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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Authorities did not identify a suspect, and it’s unclear who is responsible for the smuggled goods.

“To date, this is the 18th shipment of illegal drugs that the Port of Clark has seized and in sum, over PHP 34-million [US$700,170] worth of prohibited drugs such as marijuana and ecstasy were seized by the port this year,” Customs said.

It added that they will continue to implement stricter border protection to block the entry of prohibited goods amid the pandemic.

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