BOC Seized P3M Worth of Party Drugs Hidden in Sachets of Coffee
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized P3 millions worth of party drugs hidden in the sachets of coffee included in a baggage from Malaysia.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is believed to have intercepted more than P3 million worth of Ketamine “party drugs.” The “claimant” of a shipment of luggage that only contained a bag of coffee and where the drugs were discovered was also detained.
After consignee Nick Dimagiba allowed the BOC to take the luggage, the arrested was identified as Kristopher Segumbang. A coffee box containing 622 grams of Ketamine valued at P3,110,000 was found in the luggage.
According to records, the subject shipment arrived from Malaysia on May 10, 2021, and was labeled as “snacks.” According to the BOC, the confiscated illicit drugs were detected when their package was subjected to non-intrusive x-ray scanning by the X-ray Inspection Project (XIP NAIA) and K-9 sweeping.
The customs inspector discovered 15 packets of coffee containing a total of 622 grams of Ketamine, which is listed as a dangerous substance under R.A. 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Ketamine, also known as “Special K” or “K,” was developed as a Yb zh anesthetic but is now widely abused as a “party drug” due to its sedative properties. The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) added it to the list of dangerous drugs in 2005 under DDB Regulation No. 3, according to the BOC.
The arrested complainant, as well as the confiscated illegal narcotics, are currently in the custody of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which will file a complaint against him and prosecute him for breaching R.A. 9165, which relates to Section 1401 of R.A. 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
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