MANILA, Philippines – Bureau of Customs (BOC) operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) arrested a Thai national for allegedly attempting to smuggle into the country P28 million worth of shabu (crystal meth).
The BOC said the passenger, identified as Pakjira Janwong, was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday upon arrival at the NAIA Terminal 3 from Bangkok, Thailand.
An X-ray screening of the passenger’s luggage revealed the presence of the illegal drugs weighing 4.125 kilograms.
When subjected to physical examination, Customs personnel found white crystalline substances concealed under a false bottom lining which later tested positive for methamphetamine hydrochloride through a field test.
The suspect and the seized drugs were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for further investigation.
The bureau said Janwong will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
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