- An estimated P15M worth of ecstasy pills were seized by the NBI Anti-Illegal Drugs Division operatives
- The pills take the shape of beloved Sesame Street character, Cookie Monster, and were sold at P2,500 per tablet
- Dutch national Martin De Fong was arrested in the entrapment operation for allegedly distributing illegal drugs
Anti-Illegal Drugs Division operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have seized P15M worth of ‘Cookie Monster’ ecstasy pills in a raid in Makati City on Friday, May 20.
The so-called ‘Cookie Monster’ pills, named after a beloved Sesame Street character due to its color and cutout design, reportedly came from the Netherlands and were being sold for P2,500 per tablet.
Arrested in the drug buy-bust operation was Dutch national Martin De Fong who allegedly distributed the confiscated illegal drugs, as per an article published by Inquirer.
A meeting between De Fong and an undercover agent was set up in a bar in Makati wherein the latter offered to buy from De Fong P10,000 worth of ecstasy pills, as mentioned in an article by InterAksyon.
De Fong led the operatives to his condominium unit in Bel-Air Makati wherein an estimated value of P15 million of ecstasy pills were nabbed.
The operation yielded over 15,000 tablets of the blue and pink Cookie Monster ecstasy.
“According to De Fong, 50,000 pieces of ecstasy are shipped to the Philippines. The frequency of the shipment depends on how fast De Fong can dispose of the drugs,” NBI Anti-Illegal Drugs Division chief Atty. Joel Tuvera said.
NBI Director Atty. Virgilio Mendez said, “There is one foreign national that we are working on. Hopefully we get these guys, because they are trying to destroy the fiber of our society.”
Mendez shared that De Fong did not resist arrest and was cooperative with divulging information regarding the drugs’ source.
According to De Fong, another Dutch national named Cornelius Meskars is involved. However, Meskars was already reported missing two months ago in Angeles, Pampanga.
De Fong will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.