BOC confiscates marijuana hidden in parcel

PASAY CITY – The Bureau of Customs confiscated on April 4 at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) warehouse in Pasay City a package shipped from Canada said to contain samples of sweaters after it was found to contain marijuana valued at P102,900 .

Four vaccum-sealed plastic pouches containing 343 grams of cannabis dried leaves, an illegal substance more popularly known as marijuana, was discovered in the parcel upon examination by teams from the Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDTF), NAIA Customs Police, NAIA Collection District III and the NAIA Inter Agency Task Group.

Subsequent tests at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Laboratory, following indications of the presence of a dangerous substance, revealed positive reactions to marijuana.

Under Republic Act (RA) 9165, otherwise known as The Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002, marijuana is classified as a dangerous drug.

Deandre Travis Johnson Cruz, who was identified as the claimant of the seized parcel, was brought to the Pasay City Hall of Justice for an investigation.

Charges will be filed against the suspect for the violation of provisions of RA 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). (From a BOC report)