Tuesday, June 11, 2013

“Drug Mule” Arrested in NAIA, 60 Shabu Caps Found inside Suspect’s Stomach

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The Philippine Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) authority had stopped an alleged illegal drugs courier on Monday when Intelligence received a tip of entry of one West African Drug Syndicate member.

An African national arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after he complained of extreme abdominal pain and he could not explain well the purpose of his visit, giving only the name of the hotel he will be checking in.

Ross Jonathan Galicia, head agent of the National Bureau of Investigation’s Reaction and Interdiction Division (RAID), said Bassi was taken to a hospital where an X-ray revealed 60 capsules of Ross Jonathan Galicia, head agent of the National Bureau of Investigation’s Reaction and Interdiction Division (RAID), said Bassi was taken to a hospital where an X-ray revealed 60 capsules of methamphetamine hydrochloride "shabu" in his stomach in an attempt to smuggle the banned substance into the country.

The suspect swallowed 20 of the capsules while the rest were inserted anally according to him.

The capsules, each the size of an adult human thumb, were stuffed in the stomach of Akilou Bassi, a 30-year-old resident of Benin. The capsules contained a total of 448 grams of shabu. The suspect

Galicia said Bassi confessed that a man promised him $4,000 if he delivered the capsules from Togo, Benin, to a local contact in the Philippines.

Galicia said it was the first time they arrested a drug courier with shabu capsules in his stomach mainly to avoid detection by drug-sniffing dogs. The substance was usually stashed in bags and other luggage.

The NBI official said the African could be transporting over P2 million worth of shabu.

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