MANILA, Philippines – Five foreign nationals, allegedly caught trying to smuggle over 17 kilos of illegal drugs worth P88.24 million, were charged by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) with violations of the Tariffs and Customs Code and the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Respondents were identified as:
Thai nationals Napaporn Khamsa, allegedly caught with 3.2558 kilos of shabu worth P16.28 million upon his arrival from Dubai on Oct. 20, and Raphirat Sukkasem, allegedly caught with 2.988 kilos of shabu worth P14.94 million upon his arrival, also from Dubai, on Oct. 21;
Taiwanese Yi Wei Tan, allegedly caught with 0.0057395 kgs. of Ketamine hydrochloride worth P28,000 upon his arrival from Taipei on Oct. 29;
Vietnamese Pham Thi Anh Tuyet, allegedly caught with 2.662 kgs of shabu worth P13.31 million upon his arrival from Bahrain on Oct. 29; and,
Indonesian national Dwi Wulandari, allegedly caught with 8.737 kgs of cocaine worth P43.68 million upon his arrival from Dubai, also on Oct. 29.
"Except for the Taiwanese national who had his illegal drugs concealed in his pocket, all the rest had their drugs concealed in false compartments of their luggage," Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said.
Biazon said it was possible that a single international drug trafficking syndicate was behind the suspects because of the similar manner by which the alleged illegal drugs were concealed.