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Marijuana seized in balikbayan boxes from Thailand

(Bureau of Customs – Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service)

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted an estimated P76 million worth of  dried marijuana leaves inside “balikbayan” boxes from Thailand.

“Based on the information we received, the alert order was issued against this shipment because of the suspected presence of illegal drugs. We found around 12 kilos of marijuana per balikbayan box during the inspection,” BOC-Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service Director Verne Enciso said in a statement.

According to BOC, the shipment was consigned to Marcelo D. Laylo Cargo Forwarders, and was sent to an individual from Cavite.

It was originally declared as consolidated balikbayan boxes/personal effects from Thailand.

The boxes and the containers were examined by the assigned Customs examiner and witnessed by the CIIS, BOC’s Enforcement and Security Service, Customs Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force, the Philippine Coast Guard, Environmental Protection and Compliance Division, Office of Drug Control, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Juvymax Uy said the BOC is now in the process of preparing supporting documents to track the individuals involved in the shipment.

“We are preparing the necessary documents to start looking into these individuals. Stopping the entry of these shipments into the country is one thing, but the bigger part of the operation is making sure someone is…

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