MANILA, Philippines – Airport authorities arrested two Malaysians at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for carrying six kilos of metamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as shabu.
The shabu was stashed inside a hidden compartment of their luggage, and have an estimated street value of P48 million.
The customs authorities at NAIA on Sunday turned over the two Malaysians and the illegal drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The suspects have been identified as Chandrar Nadrajan and Tamil Selvi Veloo. They arrived at the NAIA Terminal 2 on board Philippine Airlines flight PR 319 from Hong Kong.
According to reports, the two Malaysians pretended to be a couple on a honeymoon, but when questioned by custom officers, the suspected drug mules could not identify each other.
Veloo denied having any knowledge the she was carrying drugs, and claimed that a Chinese friend helped her with a new bag when the zipper of her original one was broken.
But Nadrajan admitted during the tactical interrogation that they were provided tickets and hotel accommodations in China. He said they were instructed to proceed to the Philippines carrying the illegal drugs.
Nadrajan also said that upon arrival in the Philippines, they were supposed to be met at the airport by a travel agent.
Nadrajan said he was promised $10,000 as payment upon return to Malaysia if they successfully delivered the drugs to an unidentified pick-up person.
PDEA agent Gerald Javier said the two Malaysians will be charged with violation of RA 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. – With a report from ANC