Another illegal substance was intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport brought via Ethiopian Airlines by a courier from Madagascar.
A passenger from Madagascar was apprehended by government operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for transporting six kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.
The Malagasy drug courier, whom the Bureau of Customs (BoC) did not identify, arrived on March 12 from Hong Kong via Ethiopian Airlines flight ET644 and was originally from Madagascar, East Africa as port of origin.
The suspect's luggage was later intercepted after all the baggage of flight ET644 was subjected for x-ray scanning by Customs-NAIA X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) personnel.
The XIP personnel noticed a suspicious image inside the luggage of the suspect which prompted Customs officials to physically examine the travelling bag.
It yielded the illegal substance as confirmed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The BoC said the drugs have an estimated value of P40.8 million which was turned over to PDEA for proper disposition.
BoC added the Malagasy passenger is currently undergoing custodial investigation of PDEA and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group pending inquest proceedings for violation of RA 9165 and RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization Act (CMTA).
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