BOC seizes 2.5 million pesos worth of illegal drugs concealed in picture frames │ GMA News Online

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The Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted 2.5 million pesos worth of illegal drugs concealed in frames in the Port of Clark in Pampanga.

In a statement on Friday, the BOC said it intercepted the shipment containing the illegal drugs from Madrid, Spain on June 21. It was stated to contain “Marco Dela Foto” or photo frames.

An X-ray scan on the freight goods, however, showed suspicious images that prompted a physical examination. Upon inspection, port officials found two large picture frames inside the cargo concealing 500 grams of white crystalline substance between the transparent polycarbonate plates.

The Customs Enforcement of Illegal Drugs Task Force (CADTF) conducted field tests on the substance which indicated the presence of ketamine – a dangerous drug considered illegal in the country under the law of the Republic (RA) No. 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.”

The samples were taken and turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which confirmed that it was indeed ketamine.

District Collector Alexandra Lumontad immediately issued a warrant and garnishment against the consignment for violation of Sections 118(g), 119(d) and 1113(f) of RA No. 10863 in relation to Section 4 of RA No. 9165.

“The BOC, under the leadership of Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz, will remain vigilant against banned drugs through an intensified drug interdiction campaign,” the customs agency said.—Sundy Locus/AOL/RSJ, GMA News

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