PASAY CITY — Authorities arrested a female Indonesian passenger for attempting to smuggle eight kilograms of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride (shabu) with an estimated street value of P54 million in Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday (Oct. 7) about 2:30 in the morning.
The passenger’s baggage was subjected to x-ray scanning which yielded images of suspected dangerous drugs. Subsequently, the baggage was subjected to 100% physical examination. The Customs examiner found crystalline substances wrapped in aluminum foil which were concealed underneath the lining of the baggage.
A field test was immediately made by the Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDTF) and the substance tested positive for shabu. A joint inventory shall be immediately conducted in the presence of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Barangay official.
The passenger and the shabu shall be turned over to the PDEA for the institution of inquest proceedings 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).
The Bureau of Customs, under the leadership of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, remains vigilant against the entry of prohibited drugs and other contraband in all airports and seaports nationwide. (RONDA Balita Online)