PH-US Cooperation leads to drug bust of Columbian
The strong anti-illegal drug cooperation between the Philippine and the United States has led to the arrest of a Columbian national at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for bringing one kilo of suspected cocaine into the country, the United States Embassy in Manila said on Tuesday.
The suspect was arrested by the elements of the NAIA- Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA IADITG), the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC), and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). They were immediately commended by the embassy.
During an interview with BOC officials, the traveler, whom the embassy did not identify, admitted to swallowing approximately 1 kg of cocaine in order to smuggle the drugs into the country.
He was immediately taken into custody by Philippine authorities and brought to a local Manila hospital, where x-rays verified the existence of foreign, circular items within his body. Also recovered were 79 condom-wrapped pellets from the traveler.
The suspect will be charged with violation of Section 5 of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
On November 12, 2017, the US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)- Manila shared information on a high-risk traveler aboard an incoming international flight with the BOC and the PDEA at the NAIA.