A 64-year-old woman, a Canada national, was arrested after attempting to smuggle in methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, estimated with a street value of P48.6 million, upon arrival last Thursday, June 29, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.
Operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drugs Interdiction Task Group said the Canadian woman, a passenger of Japan Airlines flight JL741 who came from Mexico via Narita, is the subject of derogatory information relayed by its foreign counterpart.
The BOC-NAIA who did not provide her and turned the suspect over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, pending further investigation.
Upon closer examination of her check-in luggage, government operatives found the suspected methaphetamine in powder form, individually packed in heat-sealed transparent plastic wrapped in foil and chocolate ball wrapper contained in seven transparent plastic labeled Truffle.
The luggage, it said, undergoes Xray scanning before physical examination.
"The K9 indicated an alarm for the presence of controlled substance. The luggage was also marked X due to the suspicious image reflected in the monitor during the scanning. Markings and inventory will be conducted at the place of arrest," the BoC-NAIA said.
The powdery substance with gross weight of 7.15 kilograms tested positive for shabu with street value of P48,620,000.