INTERNATIONAL drug syndicates seems hell bent in making the Philippines a transshipment point to mainland Asia of high grade and expensive illegal drugs as the recent arrest in the country’s premier airport of a foreigner mule shows.
On Monday night, customs authorities arrested Nasruddin Bin Mohd Kasman, a Malaysian national, after he tried to smuggle into the country some 4.6 kilos of high grade cocaine at Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The 25-year old Malaysian was nabbed after his suspected contact did not show up at the airport’s taxi terminal.
Customs District III Collector Ed Macabeo said the suspect arrived from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on board Ethiopian Airlines. He added that the US Drug Enforcement Agency tipped off the Philippine authorities about the suspect and his arrival to the country.
Macabeo said Kasman was placed under surveillance shortly after he presented himself before immigration authorities. He added the suspect was allowed to proceed to the terminal’s taxi bay in an attempt to catch whoever his contact is. The suspect waited for his contact for more than an hour but the he never showed up forcing the authorities to just arrest the suspect.
Macabeo said upon inspection of the suspect”s carry on bag, it was discovered that he was carrying cocaine with an estimated street value of P25 million packed inside nine chocolate cartons in an apparent bid to mislead the authorities. He added that after his apprehension, Kasman was turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for proper disposition.
Last month five foreigners and a Filipino call center employee were caught while trying to smuggle cocaine in the country while just last Saturday two suspected drug mules from Pampanga tried to smuggle 1.2 kilos of suspected metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu from Congo via FedEx.