Colom­bian ‘poops out’ P8.9-M co­caine

The Philippine Star - - METRO - By ROMINA CABR­ERA and RUDY SAN­TOS

A Colom­bian man was ar­rested upon his ar­rival at the Ni­noy Aquino International Air­port Ter­mi­nal 3 from Dubai on Sun­day for car­ry­ing 1,185 grams of co­caine in his body.

The co­caine, with an es­ti­mated street value of P8.89 mil­lion, was con­tained in 79 rub­ber pel­lets Al­berto Pe­draza Qui­jano “pooped out” start­ing on Mon­day, said Is­mael Fa­jardo, Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency-National Cap­i­tal Re­gion (PDEA-NCR) di­rec­tor.

He said they acted on in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the US Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Fa­jardo said Qui­jano was sweat­ing and very pale when he was pulled aside by op­er­a­tives when his plane from Dubai landed at around 4:30 p.m.

An X-ray test on Qui­jano showed pel­lets in his in­testines.

Qui­jano was de­scribed by anti­nar­cotics agents as a fre­quent trav­eller who was a sus­pected “swal­lower,” smug­gling co­caine by eat­ing and defe­cat­ing pel­lets.

He ad­mit­ted to trans­port­ing il­le­gal drugs to the Philip­pines for a fee of $4,000 per trip, with the il­le­gal drugs likely com­ing from Peru or Brazil.

Fa­jardo said Qui­jano would re­ceive di­rec­tions from his lo­cal con­tact when and where he would poop out the drugs once his plane lands.

Mean­while, PDEA op­er­a­tives also seized half a kilo of shabu – with a street value of P2.5 mil­lion – from Mark An­thony Mon­telibano, 37, dur­ing a drug bust at the park­ing lot of a mall in Sta. Mesa, Manila yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Fa­jardo said Mon­telibano has links to con­victed drug lords in the New Bilibid Prison.

The sus­pects face charges for the vi­o­la­tions of Repub­lic Act 9165 or the Com­pre­hen­sive Danger­ous Drugs Act of 2002.

rudy SAN­toS

Al­berto Pe­draza Qui­jano waits at the NAIA-3 fol­low­ing his ar­rest on Sun­day. At right, an im­age taken from ABS-CBN shows 79 pel­lets of co­caine ex­creted by the drug mule over 24 hours start­ing Mon­day.

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