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P13.2M marijuana seized

Jonas Reyes

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The Bureau of Customs (BoC) at the Subic Bay Freeport turned over P13.2 million worth of seized marijuana to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region III on Monday.

The seized illegal drug had a total weight of 11.569 kilograms and were found hidden inside containers of protein shakes.

According to the BoC-Clark’s reports, the illegal drugs were inside two shipments that states containing whey samples from the United States.

BoC personnel profiled and conducted X-ray scans on the shipments. In a physical examination of the shipments, they saw 14 cans labeled Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Comida Saludable but the BoC examiner saw some irregularities in the products as the labels easily peeled off.

The inspecting personnel then opened the cans, revealing plastic sachets that contained marijuana leaves.

The shipments were confirmed to be marijuana leaves after being subjected to K-9 sniffing. Further chemical analysis from the PDEA also assured the BoC personnel of their findings.

On 30 March 2020, warrants of seizure and detention were issued by district collector Ruby Alameda against the subject shipments for violation of Republic Act (RA) 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act in relation to RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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