Manila: Six kilograms of methamphetamine (ice/shabu) with an estimated street value of P40.8 million ($293.000) was found stuffed in two handbags belonging to a Filipina passenger at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on the morning of Friday 8 November.
The drugs were concealed in a tea foil pack and stuffed in two handbags that were packed in a backpack, and were detected during an x-ray inspection, the Bureau of Customs said.
The Filipina passenger arrived at the airport’s Terminal 3 at around 4 a.m. Friday after a flight from Siem Reap, Cambodia.
NAIA Customs district Collector Carmelita Talusan, identified the suspect as Ruzol Marie Guillermo, 28, of Marikina City.
“The passenger’s backpack was subjected to x-ray scanning which yielded images of suspected dangerous drugs. The baggage was subjected to 100-percent physical examination, where Customs personnel found white crystalline substances inside two handbags which were inside the backpack further concealed in a tea foil pack,” the bureau said.
A field test was then conducted to confirm whether the substance is an illegal drug. It tested positive for methamphetamine.
In the past month an Indonesian woman was caught with 8 kilos of the drug in Manila coming from Siem Reap, and two Thai women were caught attempting to smuggle 28 kilos from Siem Reap to the Philippines.
All appear to be using the CEBU Air 23.25 flight.