Shipment courier

The “consignee” of an ecstasy shipment was arrested – SUNSTAR

CAUGHT. Authorities arrest Lunel Garcia Paden (in gray shirt), the recipient of the shipment of ecstasy tablets from the Netherlands, during an operation in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City on Monday, July 18, 2022. (Photo by Benjie Talisic )

Photo by Benjie Talisic

Photo by Benjie Talisic

THE alleged recipient of an overseas drug shipment was arrested by authorities in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City on the afternoon of Monday, July 18, 2022.

Officers from the Philippine Central Visayas Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA 7), Bureau of Customs and Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Force from Ninoy Aquino International Airport have launched a ” controlled delivery operation” for the package which was traced to a Lunel Garcia Paden.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, a controlled delivery is “a technique that allows suspicious shipments or goods to leave, pass through, or enter a jurisdiction with the knowledge and supervision of authorities. to identify the person(s) involved in an unlawful act. activity.

About 3,000 ecstasy tablets were seized in Paden for an amount of 6.7 million pesos. Each tablet would have cost 2,250 pesos.

PDEA 7 director Levi Ortiz said he received information from his headquarters last June regarding the delivery of party drugs to Cebu with the Netherlands as the origin and Paden as the consignee, as shown in the box.

Ortiz said they immediately put Paden under surveillance after receiving the report and waited for him to receive the package at his residence in Barangay Pasil on Monday afternoon, July 18, before finally arresting him.

Ortiz said they are now coordinating with their counterparts in the Netherlands regarding the sender, whose identity is already known.

According to Paden, he was instructed by a friend who is in prison to receive the package from the Netherlands, a country in Europe.

Meanwhile, anti-narcotics officers from the Mandaue City Police Bureau (MCPO) and PDEA 7 have seized 884,000 pesos worth of illegal drugs after arresting Jude Troyo Tahanlangit during a drug bust on Sunday 17 July.

Tahanlangit had been under surveillance for two weeks before his arrest, MCPO director Franco Rudolf Oriol said.

The suspects will be charged with violating Republic 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2022. (AYB, BBT, TPT, HIC)