MANILA, Philippines – More than P500 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (locally known as shabu) was intercepted by authorities at a checkpoint in Gandara town in Samar on Thursday.
Operatives from the Philippines National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized the illegal drugs which were contained in 44 plastic packs, weighing more than 88 kilograms.
Authorities said the contraband was intercepted from two vehicles that were stopped at a checkpoint at Barangay Buñagan.
“During the checkpoint, mayroong nakalagay sa trunk, may nakalagay sa back seat… Medyo suspicious ‘yung action nung may bag sa likuran,” Eastern Visaysa Police Director Brigadier General Dionardo Carlos said.
The operation yielded the arrest of five suspects, including a pregnant woman, and the rescue of one minor.
Suspects presented to the media claimed they do not know each other, adding that they were just given instructions through a cellphone call to drive the vehicles and leave it when they reached the specified destination.
They were allegedly promised to receive P20,000 each after the transaction but they claimed to have not known about the identity of their client.
Drug-related charges are being readied against the suspects. — RRD (with details from Correspondent Jennelyn Gaquit-Valles)
MANILA, Philippines – A female Indonesian was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday after her bag was found with P54 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.
The BOC said the Indonesian national, identified as Agnes Alexandra, was apprehended when she arrived from Siem Reap, Cambodia early Monday morning as an X-ray scanning of her luggage showed suspected dangerous drugs.
Upon closer inspection, Customs personnel found eight kilograms of crystalline substances wrapped in aluminum foil and concealed under the lining of the baggage.
The substance turned positive for shabu when subjected to a test.
Alexandra and the confiscated drugs have been turned over to the custody of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The foreigner will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
On September 28, the BOC said it also seized a similar shipment from another passenger from Cambodia.
This prompted the bureau to place all flights from the so-called “Golden Triangle” (Laos, Thailand and Myanmar) and neighboring countries under red alert for suspicion that a syndicate with the same name may be behind the illegal shipment.
MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) suspended flight and ground operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday (October 2).
This, after the state weather service PAGASA raised a red lightning alert warning in the area.
MIAA previously explained that the red lightning alert warning is a safety measure imposed to prevent any untoward incident or accident when flashes of lightning are prevalent that may endanger airport personnel, ground staff, passengers, and even flight operations.
“The alert will be lifted as soon as PAGASA deems it safe to continue operations,” MIAA said in an advisory.
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