The Bureau of Customs seized 62 pieces of vape juice cartridges containing liquid marijuana from unclaimed parcels in Central Mail Exchange Center of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last August 22.
This is the 95th record-breaking drug bust conducted by the BoC-NAIA in just a span of two years.
The vape package with liquid marijuana was misdeclared as “food flavourings” shipped by a certain Roger Bowman from Amsterdam, Netherlands and consigned to a certain Dee Sy of San Juan City.
Field test conducted by the Customs Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force (CAIDTF) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) confirmed that the vape juices contained Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), both compounds found in marijuana.
PDEA stressed that the importation of marijuana and its compounds, components and derivatives is still prohibited under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
In coordination with PDEA and NAIA Inter-Agency Task Force, the seized contraband was turned over to the PDEA Central Office on Sept. 1, 2020.
The authorities have vowed they will prosecute all persons involved in the illegal importation for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (RA No. 9165) in relation to the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (RA No. 10863).
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