Manila–The US Embassy in the Philippines commends the Ninoy Aqui-no International Airport Inter Agency Drug Inter-diction Task Group (NAIA IADITG), Philippine Bureau of Customs and Philippine Drug Enforce-ment Agency (PDEA) on the seizure of 1 kg of drugs, suspected to be cocaine, and the arrest of the trave-ler in possession of the drugs.
On November 12, 2017, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Manila shared information on a high-risk traveler aboard an incoming inter-national flight with the Philippine Bureau of Customs and the PDEA at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
This information re-sulted in the arrest of a Colombian national for possession of drugs. This operation was successful thanks to close coordination between HSI, Bureau of Customs, PDEA and NAIA IADITG.
During an interview with the Philippine Bureau of Customs, the traveler admitted to swallowing approximately 1 kg of cocaine in order to smuggle the drugs into the country.
He was taken into custody by Philippine authorities and transported to a local Manila hospital, where x-rays verified the existence of foreign, circu-lar items within his body. Authorities recovered 79 condom-wrapped pellets from the subject.
The subject was arrested by Philippine law enforcement authorities for violating Section 5 of Republic Act 9165, Com-prehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
In a report, some P8.8 million worth of cocaine was recovered from a Colombian drug mule, who tried to smuggle the drugs at NAIA Terminal 3 over the weekend.
A tip from the United States government resulted in the arrest of the suspect, Alberto Pedroza Quijano, 67, who had swallowed 79 rubber pellets of cocaine.
Operatives of the Airport Drug Interdiction Task Group arrested Qui-jano after the US govern-ment tipped off the Philip-pine Drug Enforcement Agency about Quijano’s arrival in Manila last Sunday.
The suspect arrived at the NAIA on board Emi-rates Airline flight EK-332 from Dubai.
Lawmen accosted and immediately brought the suspect to the Pasay General Hospital, where he underwent X-ray medical scanning procedure. Atten-ding hospital staff later found rubber pellets in his stomach.
The medical staff took more than 24 hours ex-creting the rubber pellets from the suspect. PNA