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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (January 3, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Northern Marianas officials have seized $10,000 worth of the illegal drug "ice" from five Christmas cards sent to the island of Rota from the Philippines.

The seizure came little more than a week after five grams of the illegal drug were found in other Christmas cards from the Philippines.

Officials refused to divulge the names of the recipients of the second batch of cards, but reliable sources said they belong to the same Rota resident who was arrested in connection with the first seizure.

Customs director Joe Mafnas said the seizure was the result of hard work, and strict monitoring at the country's borders will continue.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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