Bureau of Customs Intercepted 116 Bottles of Cannabidiol in a Sorting Center
The Bureau of Customs – NAIA joined with PDEA intercepted 116 bottles of hemp extract or cannabidiol in a sorting center in Pasay City.
BOC-NAIA joined with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG) have halted the shipment of 20 packages containing bottles of liquid “Maryjane” in Center Mail Exchange Center.
According to the report of Manila Bulletin, the seized bottles were misdeclared as “Dietary Supplement” with different consignees. The smuggling attempt was prevented through strict profiling physical examination of the assigned Customs Examiner.
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The PDEA Chemical Laboratory has confirmed the liquid cannabis contained in the bottles. The PDEA stressed that the importation of “Maryjane” or any variety and form, including its origins, is prohibited under R.A. 9165 also known as “The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act”.
Based on the report, all the packages confiscated were not under the custody of PDEA for further investigation and case build-up against the responsible person behind the smuggling.
If the suspect will be identified, he/she will be facing the violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act 9165) in relation to Sections 118 (Prohibited Importation), 1113 (Goods Liable for Seizure and Forfeiture), and 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of the Republic Act 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
Meanwhile, with the directives of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero in guarding the borders of the country, the BOC-NAIA will continue to be vigilant against all smuggling attempts of dangerous goods into the country in strict compliance.
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