The Port of Clark remains consistent in its mandate to protect the country’s borders against the entry of restricted goods as it seized three (3) plastic packs of Kush Marijuana with an estimated weight of 980 grams and value of Php 1.1-million concealed inside imported coffee packs from California, USA.
The shipment arrived being declared as “Coffee T-shirt Bookbag”, was profiled and referred for non-intrusive examination which revealed suspicious images. Thereafter, physical examination was conducted which led to the findings of three (3) t-shirts, one (1) book and three (3) packs of coffee beans. However, during physical examination, the Customs Examiner closely noticed the sweet aroma of coffee beans prompting him to open the same considering that it is unusual to produce a smell when they are sealed and packed. The opening of the coffee bean packs led to the discovery of three (3) sealed packs of dried leaves suspected to be Kush Marijuana.
Thereafter, the shipment was subjected to K-9 sniffing and samples were taken for the conduct of laboratory testing and chemical analysis which confirmed positive result for the presence of Marijuana, a dangerous drug under R.A. No. 9165.
Warrant of Seizure and Detention was issued by District Collector Atty. Ruby Alameda against the shipment for violation of Sections 118 (g), 119 (d) and 1113 (f), (i) & (l) of R.A. No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to R.A. No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and the same was immediately turned over to PDEA for disposition.
District Collector Atty. Ruby Alameda commended her personnel for exposing the modus of these unscrupulous individuals trying to smuggle prohibited drugs in the country.