Customs Officers Intercept P2.6 Million ‘Ketamine’ Shipment at Clark

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A contraband shipment of ketamine worth over 2.6 million pesos was intercepted at Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

Combined teams from the Port of Clark, Customs Anti-Drug Task Force (CAIDTF), Enforcement and Security Service, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, X-Ray Inspection Project and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency seized the shipment containing 535.6 grams of illegal drugs hidden under polycarbonate sheets.

According to import documents, the shipment originated in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, and was misdeclared as clothing, a clear case of technical smuggling.

He was subjected to an X-ray scan after “suspicious images were detected, resulting in the discovery of four pieces of polycarbonate sheeting concealing white crystalline substances suspected of being illegal drugs”.

The CAIDTF has tested substances indicating the presence of “Special K, Ketamine”.

Samples were taken and given to the PDEA for laboratory chemical analysis which then confirmed that the substances contain ketamine, which is classified as a dangerous drug under Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. .

Clark Port District Collector Alexandra Lumontad issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the consignment for violation of Sections 119(d) and 1113(f) of RA No. 10863 or Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, and Section 4 of RA 9165.

In June, the port also confiscated 2.5 million pesos worth of ketamine in Spain hidden in frames.

Lumontad said the Customs Office under Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz continues to intensify border protection efforts as directed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to stop the smuggling of illegal drugs into the country.

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