A Customs broker is now in hot water after operatives of the Customs Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) intercepted the shipment of three kilos of ephedrine at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) near the Manila Domestic Airport.
The chemical compound was hidden in a package that came from India.
In an interview, ESS acting Director Joey Yuchongco said the package was consigned to a certain “Juan Carlos” of Salcedo Village Makati City.
“Upon field testing, it resulted positive for ephedrine with an estimated value of P2 million,” Yuchongco, also the Customs Police chief, said. He submitted a report to Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez.
Ephedrine is a chemical compound used in the manufacture of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.
Yuchongco said Customs broker Jason Perez went to CMEC to claim the box. However, upon closer examination, it was found it contained the illegal substance hidden inside.
ESS operatives arrested Perez following the discovery.
He said the illegal substance was brought to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) office at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for proper disposition while the broker is subject for investigation.
As to the package's sender, Yuchongo was clueless on his real identity, saying that the name stated on the airway bill may be “fictitious.”
Authorities are still investigating who is the source of the illegal drug.