Customs intercepts over 2000 ecstasy pills at the Manila Post Office

• Over 2000 pieces of ecstasy tablets shipped from the Netherlands were seized by the BOC’s CAIDTF
• The CAIDTF conducted a “controlled delivery” of the shipment that led to the arrest of the recipient
• The confiscated ecstasy pills have an estimated value of P3 million

The Bureau of Customs Enforcement Group (BOC-EG) intercepted a parcel containing more than 2,000 ecstasy pills shipped from the Netherlands.

After receiving information that ecstasy pills were shipped from the European country, the BOC’s special illegal drug apprehension team, Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDTF), immediately went to the Manila Post Office to confirm the arrival of 2,009 orange ecstasy pills with an estimated value of P3 million.

The CAIDTF team took samples of the pills and forwarded them to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for verification. The tablets were found to be methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), a psychoactive drug primarily used as a recreational drug.

Once the tablets were verified as ecstasy, the CAIDTF conducted a “controlled delivery” in coordination with the PDEA to monitor its course from the post office to the consignee at the Adriatico Residences along Mabini Street in Malate, Manila.

After receiving the shipment, the consignee, identified as Sandra Nebrida, was placed under arrest by the CAIDTF team.

“This controlled delivery operation was carried out and is consistent with the direction of the Enforcement Group to pin down and prosecute those directly involved in drug trafficking instead of just the usual bogus consignees,” Customs Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Ariel Nepomuceno said in a statement published on the bureau’s official website.

He added: “Our accomplishments and good performance on anti-drug operations are clear manifestations of our commitment to eradicate illegal drugs, which fortunately, is in line with one of the programs of the incoming president, Rodrigo Duterte.”