THE shipper and consignee of the illegal drugs worth P81.6 million that were confiscated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7 with the help of the Police Regional Office 7 on Aug. 15, 2020 will be facing charges. However, they have not been named yet as authorities will still be conducting a follow-up operation.
According to PDEA 7 Director Levi Ortiz, the individuals will be charged for violating Republic Act 9165, a non-bailable offense.
“The shipper and recipient have been identified, so as we speak, we are filing the appropriate criminal case against them for distribution and delivery of illegal drugs, which is non-bailable,” said Ortiz.
He said after checking certain documents, the PDEA 7 was able to obtain addresses and is now looking into the name of the cargo’s recipient, who is now included on its watch list of individuals involved in illegal drugs.
The agency believes the cargo’s recipient had a spotter who informed him that the police had intercepted the cargo of illegal drugs sent through a courier, allowing the consignee to elude the police.
“Right after the discovery of the 12 kilos, we sent some of our agents to the recipient’s home but he was no longer there,” Ortiz said.
The PDEA 7 has asked its counterpart in the National Capital Region to look into the name and the address of the person who had the cargo shipped to check if it’s a real name or not.
The PDEA is also considering the possibility that the sender of the cargo might have contacts with personnel from the courier company. It will look into this as part of its investigation.
Ortiz also revealed that the supply of illegal drugs came from abroad, based on the packaging which had the drugs placed in tea bags. (AYB / CBQ)