• ‘Ecstasy’ pills intercepted at Customs

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    Bureau of Customs Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Group Ariel Nepomuceno on Thursday reported the interception of 95 grams of unlabeled pills, believed to be “ecstasy” with estimate value of P378,000. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) also confirmed that the pills contained methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), which is the same composition of the party drug called “ecstasy.” Declared as makeup, the package arrived in the country from Germany last month through the Parañaque postal services. The parcel contained 252 pills. The consignee, who claimed and declared the package as makeup, was arrested by CAIDTF operatives for violation of R.A. 9165, otherwise known as The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. According to Nepomuceno, the transportation of illegal and unregulated drugs using various parcel systems is particularly a popular method being relatively safe and inexpensive.

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