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Nearly P3.4M Ecstasy seized in Taytay sting
TWO female Taytay, Rizal residents are now facing non-bailable drug charges after they were arrested in a controlled delivery operation conducted by agents of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG) this week, Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) director, Brigadier General Remus B. Medina said on Friday.
In a report to PNP chief, General Dionardo B. Carlos, the official said the two suspects were placed under arrest last Tuesday shortly after they went to the Taytay post office to claim nearly P3.4 million worth of suspected Ecstasy tablets shipped from Germany
Arrested during the sting at the PhilPost Provincial Post Office in Bgy. Dolores, Taytay, Rizal around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday were Heart Valerine Cruz, 33, a resident of Road 7, Sitio Siwang in Highway 2000, Bgy. San Juan, Taytay, and Joana Kimberly Go, 25, a resident of 1728 Dogwood Street, Greenland Subd. in Bgy. San Juan, Cainta, Rizal.
The PNP-DEG director said the controlled delivery operation was conducted by combined operatives of the PNP-DEG, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency headed by Director General Wilkins M. Villanueva, NAIA-IADITG and the Taytay Municipal Police Station in coordination with PhilPost authorities.
The official said the two were placed under arrest shortly after they claimed a parcel declared as containing a wedding dress, lay cover and a Holland wax cloth bedspread from Germany.
The package was shipped by one Peter Voormon of Muhlenmath 11 48599 Gronav (Westfalen) Germany to the PhilPost office in Pasay City.
When inspected, the package was found to contain 1,993 pieces of colored tablets suspected to be Ecstasy worth P3,388,100.
“The successful operation is a joint effort of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group where PNP DEG is one of the member-agencies,” Medina said.
Controlled delivery is a technique used when a consignment of illicit drugs is detected and allowed to go forward under the control and surveillance of law enforcement officers to secure evidence against the organizers of such illicit drug traffic.
The arrested suspects will face non-bailable charges for violation of Section 4 (Importation of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.