By Betheena Unite
An Indonesian passenger was arrested after some eight kilos of shabu worth around P54 million was found stuffed in her luggage when she arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Monday morning, the Bureau of Customs said.
Agnes Alexandra, who arrived in the country from Siam Reap, Cambodia, was immediately held after Customs agents found the illegal drugs from his luggage.
Customs agents said they noticed a suspicious image in Alexandra’s luggage during x-ray inspection, prompting them to have it undergo physical inspection. Field testing later confirmed that the suspicious substance is actually methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.
Alexandra denied owning the luggage, saying someone at the Cambodia airport asked her to take it to Manila.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency then took the Indonesian into its custody while the seized shabu was turned over to them.
The suspect will be charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act in relation to Sections 118 (Prohibited Importation), 1113 (Goods Liable for Seizure and Forfeiture), and 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of the Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
It was recalled that similar shipment of shabu from Siam Reap, Cambodia was seized in Terminal 1 in September. This prompted the Port of NAIA to place all flights from the Golden Triangle (Laos, Myanmar and Thailand) and neighboring countries under red alert. (With a report from Ariel Fernandez)