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Canadian woman with P49M shabu nabbed in NAIA-1

June 30, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 308 views

NINOY Aquino International Airport police have arrested a 64-year old Canadian woman who yielded nearly P49 million worth of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ or shabu at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 1 Thursday afternoon.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chairman Director-General Moro Virgilio M. Lazo said members of the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group identified the suspect as Wendy Jane Marais.

Lazo said the suspect described identified himself as a ‘consultant’ from Canada after her check-in baggage yielded seven chocolate bags that contained 7.150 kilograms of shabu worth P48.62 million.

Marais was arrested at the Customs International Arrival Area of the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City while the suspect was picking up her check-in- baggage past 2 p.m. Thursday.

The suspect arrived in the country on board Japan Airlines Flight JL 741 from Narita, Japan.

A record check showed that the JAL flight originated from Mexico.

Lazo ordered the PDEA National Capital Region Office led by Director Arvin Targa to launch a full investigation about the arrest of the suspect, saying the investigation must be in coordination with other members of the NAIA-IADITG and their foreign counterparts.

The suspect will be charged for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. RA 9165, a non-bailable offense.

He became the 2nd foreigner to be arrested by government agents for drug smuggling at the NAIA this month.

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