Some 343 grams of marijuana enclosed in four packets were confiscated at the Central Mail Exchange Center Warehouse in Pasay City on Tuesday.
These are estimated to be worth over P100,000.
The operation was jointly conducted by the Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force and the Customs police, Collection District 3 and the NAIA Inter-Agency Task Group.
The parcel of contraband declared as a sample sweater, arrived from Canada last March 26.
”The x-ray scanner showed there is something organic but we could not open it. We know the procedure and protocols. We cannot just open the parcel without the consignee or the claimant,” said Customs Anti-illegal Drug Task Force Executive Officer, Lt. Sherwin Andrada.
But on April 3, its consignee, identified as Deandre Travis John Cruz, claimed the said parcel.
The BOC personnel immediately approached Cruz to verify the contents of the parcel.Upon opening, the BOC personnel saw dried leaves inside four plastic pouches, which they suspected were marijuana.
The items were brought to PDEA for a field testing.
“There is already a violation from our CMTA (Customs Modernization and Tariff Act) when the parcel was misdeclared,” said Lt. Andrada.
Cruz will face charges for possession of illegal drugs and violations against the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
“A parallel investigation, continuing investigation together with PDEA to know the truth. Because it is very unusual to import marijuana why import marijuana coming from Canada,” added Andrada.
Cruz was brought to the DOJ to face inquest proceedings. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue