CHARGES were filed against a Thai passenger following his arrest for attempting to smuggle into the country 4.125 kilograms of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride or shabu, with an estimated street value of P28 million.
NAIA-Customs chief Mimel Talusan said the apprehension was done in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and NAIA Interagency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG).
Talusan identified the passenger as a certain Pakjira Janwong who arrived from Bangkok, Thailand at NAIA Terminal 3 on board Flight no. Z2 288. The passenger’s luggage was subjected to x-ray scanning which yielded images of suspected dangerous drugs.
She said the physical examination of the baggage by Customs personnel resulted to the discovery of white crystalline substances, concealed under the false bottom lining, which were initially tested positive for shabu.
The suspect and the seized drugs were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for filing of charges and further investigation.
The suspect shall face charges for the possible violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.