Authorities arrest owner of abandoned shabu-filled luggage at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2019   •   1103

Alleged owner (left) of the luggage filled with shabu (right) | Photos taken from the Facebook page of the Bureau of Customs

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities on Sunday arrested a man who abandoned his luggage filled with P35 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) at the Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said the owner of the luggage – a Filipino national who boarded an early morning flight from Hanoi, Vietnam on Sept. 28 – fled the airport and abandoned his brown trolley bag and a backpack when subjected to physical inspection.

Upon closer examination, the luggage yielded white crystalline shabu weighing more or less 5.16 kilograms, the BOC said.

The BOC-NAIA, with the help of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), arrested the suspect in Tarlac City around 4 p.m. of the same day.

The suspect will be charged with violations of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

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Police seize P13.6-M worth of shabu; Nigerian national killed in buy-bust operation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) seized P13.6 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in a buy-bust operation in Pasig City, where a Nigerian national was killed.

In a report of PNP-DEG Director PBGen. Ronald Lee, the Nigerian national identified as Christopher Chukwuma was an alleged member of West African Drug Syndicate.

Authorities posed as buyers of illegal drugs during the operation. The suspects were able to perceive the said operation which led to an armed encounter.

Suspects attempted to take the firearms of the police and tried to fire back.

Chukwuma is a resident of Angeles City, Pampanga and was reported to have escaped in a previous drug operation of the PNP in Tarlac last December 31, 2020. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

DOTr boosts testing capacity in NAIA as OFWs return for the holidays

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 17, 2020

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has boosted its One-Stop-Shop as more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) return home for the holidays.

DOTr’s Office for the Transportation Security (OTS) Administrator Usec. Raul Del Rosario said this is to prevent the previous inconvenience caused by delayed COVID-19 test results.

Based on the OTS data, an estimated 5,000 OFWs arrive in the Philippines every day during the holidays.

Del Rosario also said additional Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel were deployed.

The One-Stop-Shop partnered with four COVID-testing laboratories to accommodate more OFWs.

Nagkaroon kami ng commitment among these laboratories, nag-commit sila na 24 hours ilalabas nila ang result at walang lalagpas ng 48 hours (We had a commitment among these laboratories. They committed to release the results in 24 hours and not exceeding 48 hours),” he said.

The One-Stop-Shop can process 10,000 swab tests per day, Del Rosario added.

Aside from the laboratories, there are also 21,000 slots available in hotels where OFWs can stay while waiting for their COVID-19 test results. -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

P1.8-M worth of smuggled drugs seized at NAIA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized P1.8 million worth of smuggled drugs at a warehouse near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Based on the report of the BOC-NAIA, the packages were found at the Pair Cargo warehouse and were declared as “health care products” from Pakistan.

Upon inspection of the goods, it contained 35,345 tablets of diazepam and nitrazepam or anti-anxiety medicines. It also did not have the necessary documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The confiscated goods were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on December 04, 2020, for further investigation, case profiling and build up against personalities involved in the unlawful and fraudulent importation, and prosecution for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act 9165) in relation to Sections 118 (Prohibited Importation), 1113 (Goods Liable for Seizure and Forfeiture) and 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of the Republic Act 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). AAC

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