PDEA Signed Agreement with J&T to Stop Drug Smuggling Via Delivery

PDEA Agreement J&T Express Aims to Stop Drug Smuggling Via Delivery App

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) signed a memorandum agreement with courier service J&T Express to stop drug smuggling.

PDEA signed an agreement with J&T express to address the smuggling and transportation of drugs in the country using the mail and parcel system. PDEA said trafficking of drugs through courier delivery services has become rampant.

PDEA Agreement with J&T
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According to the report of GMA News, PDEA, in August, found 12 kilograms of illegal drugs or called “shabu” worth P81.6 million from a courier service’s regional headquarters in Mandaue City, Cebu during a random inspection.

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The drugs were found hidden in sanitary napkins and stuffed toys stored in the courier service warehouse set for delivery. According to PDEA, several suspects admitted that they are using the delivery app for transportation.

“PDEA cannot solve the country’s drug problem without the help of various stakeholders like J&T Express. Hence, our efforts and mechanisms to intercept [the] delivery of illegal drugs would only be possible with their cooperation,” PDEA director general Wilkins Villanueva said in a statement.

The agency also expressed gratitude to the other courier company for ensuring the packages with illegal drugs are intercepted. The signing of the MOA manifested the strong resolve of both parties to strengthen their partnership in the fight against drug trafficking, according to PDEA.

The MOA was formally signed by PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva and Atty. Christoffer Liquigan, the Corporate General Counsel of J&T Express Philippines, among others at the PDEA National Headquarters.

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