The Bureau of Customs – Port of Clark, in coordination with CAIDTF, ESS, CIIS, XIP and PDEA, seized 1.16 kilograms of Kush Marijuana with an estimated value of 1.5-million pesos found inside a shipment of “computer circuit board” last February 22, 2022.
Subject shipment, shipped from Connecticut, USA, was subjected to non-intrusive examination which revealed unusual image of suspected illegal drugs. Thereafter, physical examination was conducted that led to the findings of one (1) toy and three (3) plastic packs containing green leaves suspected to be Marijuana.
The shipment was likewise subjected to PDEA K9 sniffing that gave positive indications of presence of illegal drugs. Also, a field testing was conducted by CAIDTF Clark personnel through a Rigaku Spectrometer Testing which yielded positive indications for presence of marijuana.
Representative samples were taken and turned over to PDEA for the conduct of chemical laboratory analysis which confirmed that said green leaves are Kush (cannabis) strains containing Tetrahydrocannabinol/Marijuana.
A Warrant of Seizure and Detention was issued by District Collector Alexandra Lumontad against the subject shipment for violation of Sections 118 (g), 119 (d), and 1113 par. f, i & l of R.A. 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to R.A. 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Collector Lumontad said that the Port of Clark commits to strengthen its border protection measures to prevent the entry of illegal drugs. In fact, one of its initiatives that led to a formal directive from Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, is to inform foreign embassies on the details of the shipper of apprehended illegal drugs to further strengthen its profiling and drug-interdiction capabilities.