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U.S. gov’t commends PH anti-narcotics agents for big drug bust

The U.S. Embassy in Manila Photo © globalnation.inquirer.net
The U.S. Embassy in Manila Photo © globalnation.inquirer.net

AMIDST the anti-American statement of President Rodrigo Duterte, the United States embassy has reminded the sitting administration that the task force responsible for the recent huge cocaine busts was established based on a cooperative effort between the Philippine government through its drug enforcement agency and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

The reminder came after the U.S. government commended the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task force (NAIA-IADITG) for “a job well done” in apprehending last Wednesday afternoon three foreigners suspected of smuggling some 27 kilos high grade cocaine from Brazil.

This is “another example of successful bilateral counter narcotics and law enforcement coordination! We are pleased that information by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office in Manila was instrumental in the identification of three travelers suspected to be carrying contraband in their check-in baggage aboard an incoming international flight on October 5,” the U.S. embassy, in a statement, said.

The task force is a press statement said  it receives training, equipment, infrastructure support and intelligence report from the US government.

Russian Kirdyushkin Yuri (center) and Hong Kong nationals Chan Kawai and Pau Homanevan, were arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, on Oct. 5, 2016, after P135 million worth of cocaine and shabu were found inside their luggage. (PHOTO BY MIAA Media Affairs Division)
Russian Kirdyushkin Yuri (center) and Hong Kong nationals Chan Kawai and Pau Homanevan, were arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, on Oct. 5, 2016, after P135 million worth of cocaine and shabu were found inside their luggage. (PHOTO BY MIAA Media Affairs Division)

Chan Kawai, Pau Homanevan, both Hong Kong residents; and Kirdyushkin Yuri, a Russian; were arrested by NAIA-IADITF agents after they were found to be in possession of 27 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of P135 million. They had just arrived from Brazil via Dubai on board Emirates Air Flight EK332 when apprehended.

Meanwhile, the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office has recommended no bail for the three suspected foreign drug mules after their were charged with violation of Article 2 of Republic Act 9165 (Dangerous Drugs Act) on Friday. If found guilty by the courts, the suspects could be given life sentences. 

(Read More: .http://beyonddeadlines.com/2016/10/06/traffic-of-illegal-drugs-continue-despite-president-rodrigo-dutertes-anti-drug-war/)

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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