54-M shabu seized in NAIA, Indonesian suspect arrested


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 apprehended Indonesian passenger was identified as Agnes Alexandra who arrived from Siem Reap, Cambodia at NAIA Terminal 3 via flight 5J 258.

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).

It can be recalled that a similar shipment of shabu from Siem Reap, Cambodia was seized at Terminal 1 on September 28, 2019.

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)

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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