Cops looking for woman who sent marijuana using Grab Express

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2017 05:26 AM

The Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) is looking for a woman who allegedly booked a Grab Express rider to send a wallet containing marijuana. 

“Marlon” (not his real name), the Grab Express rider, received a booking from a female sender with pickup point at NAIA Terminal 1 Departure Area last July 17. The item for delivery was a wallet to be sent to a place in Makati City.

 “Tinext ko po siya kung ano po ang ipapadala niya. Sabi niya po, wallet o pouch. Siya na po ang lumapit sa akin...parang dadalhin sa kapatid niya sa isang school,” Marlon recalled.

When he opened to wallet to check for the content, he found a P20 bill, a candy, and a small piece of paper. Marlon began to feel uncomfortable.

“Kinakabahan na po ako, itinigil ko po ang motor ko. Chineck ko po 'yung motor baka sira. Biglang pumasok sa isip ko na i-check ang pouch. Nung pangalawa ko pong pagbukas, naalog po kaya ito na ang bumungad sa akin. Pagkita ko po ito na po ang bumungad sa akin,” he said.

After rechecking the wallet, Marlon saw 2 sachets of marijuana wrapped inside the P20 bill. He immediately messaged the receiver.

“Sir, kako alam niyo po ba nag laman ng wallet na ito. Isusumbong ko po kayo sa pulis, kasi ginagawa niyo pong gago ang Grab at mga rider. Sagot sa akin, sir hindi ko po alam iyan, ipinapadala lang po sa akin iyan ng tita ko,'” Marlon said.

After a while, Marlon received a text message from the female sender.

“'Yung babae nag-chat po ulit sakin, 'kuya kung pupuwede 'wag na raw pahabain ito dahil mangingibang-bansa ako para sa pamilya ko,” he said. 

Marlon went to the Grab office to report the incident. 

Authorities now trying to locate the woman to file cases against her.

According to the PNP-DEG, the modus of using a courier to deliver contraband is not new. 

Korean-American Jun No, the alleged drug dealer who escaped PNP and PDEA custody after surgery at the East Avenue Medical Center before being recaptured in Cebu, also used a rider courier service to deliver illegal drugs.

Atty. Enrico Rigor, spokesperson of the PNP Drug Enforcment Group, said “Kapag may gusto silang ipadeliver o ipa-pickup, usually may mga courier service na nako-contact. Given na may mga fictitious names ang mga drug pushers. Pag na-contact nila ang mga courier services, nai-de-deliver ang mga items sa dapat pag-deliver-an without the risk sa kanila.”

In the Quiapo bombing incident last May, a Grab Express Rider was killed after a package supposedly for delivery detonated in transit.

“Nagiging vigilant na rin ang mga courier services natin. Nagkakaroon na ang mga courier services ng mga waiver, kung ang ire-deliver na item ay contraband,” Rigor added.