MANILA, Philippines – A new delivery of “Ecstasy” pills intended for an arrested narcotics dealer was intercepted by authorities, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said on Tuesday, April 8.
The parcel, which contained 538 tablets of 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (MDMA), with the street name “Ecstasy,” is believed to be the second batch of illegal drugs meant for Prahbjot Singh Gill. (READ: BOC, PDEA nab major ‘Ecstasy’ supplier)
Gill, suspected to be a major supplier of Ecstasy in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces, was arrested on March 23. Based on the investigation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Gill supplied most of the Ecstasy sold during the 7107 Music Festival in Pampanga.
More than a week after his arrest, the BOC seized a parcel that belonged to the suspect containing 500 tablets of Ecstasy worth P750,000. The second parcel contained over P800,000 worth of tablets.
BOC Public Information and Assistance Division Chief Charo Logarta-Lagamon said the second parcel, which was declared to contain documents, was mailed to the Philippines from the Netherlands by a certain “Vanessa Wonder.”
Gill, the investigation showed, purchased the illegal drugs from an online black market website using BitCoin. The BOC has since recommended a warrant of seizure and detention, and the turnover of the parcel to PDEA.
Ecstasy, according to the YS National Institute on Drug Abuse, is a “club drug” that “tend to be used by teenagers and young adults at bars, nightclubs, concerts, and parties.”
According to the PDEA website, its adverse effects include fatigue and possible depression upon terminating drug use; restlessness, anxiety, and hallucinations in large doses; nausea and vomiting; a rise in blood pressure and heart rate; and a potential for neurotoxicity, brain and liver damage with prolonged use. – Rappler.com