BOC-NAIA Seizes 7,999 Capsules of “DOWNER” Drugs

BOC-NAIA Seizes 7,999 Capsules of “DOWNER” Drugs

As part of the commitment of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to facilitate trade and protect the borders, the Bureau through the Port of NAIA seized 5.376 kilos or 7,999 capsules of Downer Drugs at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) Pasay City.

The seized drugs were allegedly consigned to a certain Sandeep Kumar. Members of the Customs Anti- Illegal Drugs Taskforce (CAIDTF) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) confirmed that the capsules were “dextropropoxyphene”, a known downer drug and regulated in the country.

The seizure is the result of the 100% examination conducted by BOC examiners as part of BOC Commissioner’s directive to inspect and clear BOC facilities of abandoned and overstaying parcels.
In her statement, Port of NAIA District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan  is reminding  the public to ensure that all goods they import have the necessary permits and also warned that importing such drugs must be in compliance with and permitted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since the same are regulated substances.

The latest seizure bolsters the BOC’s commitment under the leadership of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to curb the smuggling of illegal and prohibited drugs into the country.

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