PDEA inks deal with J&T Express to stop drug smuggling via delivery apps

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency signed a memorandum of agreement with courier service J&T Express to address the smuggling and transportation of drugs in the country using the mail and parcel system.

According to PDEA, the trafficking of drugs through the service of delivery courier companies has become prevalent.

In August, PDEA operatives found 12 kilograms of shabu worth around 81.6 million pesos at a courier service’s regional headquarters in Mandaue City in the province of Cebu during a random inspection.

Shabu was also found hidden in sanitary napkins and stuffed toys that were dropped at a courier service for delivery.

The PDEA has previously said that several suspects have admitted to using delivery apps to transport illegal drugs.

According to the agency, the signing of the agreement manifested the strong resolve of both parties to strengthen their partnership in the fight against drug trafficking in the country.

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