Mindanao Times

P28-M shabu seized from Thai passenger


MANILA -- Some P28 million worth of shabu was seized from an arriving Thai passenger at the Ninoy Aquino Internatio­nal Airport (NAIA) on Monday.

The passenger, identified as Pakjira Janwong, arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3 at 1:40 a.m. Monday on an AirAsia Zest Flight Z2 288 from Bangkok, Thailand and tried to smuggle into the Philippine­s some 4.125 kilograms of shabu.

This was discovered when Janwong’s luggage underwent X-ray scanning that showed images of suspected drugs.

Customs personnel found the white crystallin­e substances concealed under the false bottom lining of the luggage. The substance tested positive for methamphet­amine hydrochlor­ide or shabu.

Janwong was apprehende­d by Customs personnel and examiners, NAIA Customs Collector Carmelita Talusan told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Beth Pableo, Arrival Operations Division officer in charge, said Janwong claimed someone just asked her to bring the luggage here. The passenger and the seized drugs were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcemen­t Agency (PDEA) for filing of charges and further investigat­ion. Meanwhile, PDEA-National Capital Region (NCR) Director Joel Plaza said the seized pieces of evidence were submitted to the PDEA Laboratory Service for qualitativ­e and quantitati­ve examinatio­n. Plaza said the arrested Thai national will be charged with violation of the Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehens­ive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (PNA)

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