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MANILA - A Malaysian national was held by customs authorities after he tried to sneak in 4 kilos of high grade shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) hidden in a gray hard case check-in luggage at the NAIA terminal 1 upon his arrival from Hong Kong.
Passenger Hock Guan carrying a Malaysian passport (A26921967) arrived at 7:30 p.m. last Sunday on board Dragon Air flight KA 931 carrying his luggage and immediately presented his customs declaration form to examiner Sahlee Cudanin and told the examiner that he had nothing to declare.
But upon inspection of his luggage, Cudanin became suspicious when she saw the passenger suddenly becoming visibly nervous. She immediately subjected the passenger's luggage for a more rigid inspection.
Cudain informed her duty supervisor Ms. Richie Domilion about her findings and put Hock Guan's luggage under X-ray examination to verify its real contents.
NAIA Bureau of Customs Police chief Marlon Alameda said the suspect’s luggage contained 4.052 kilos with an estimated street value of P32 million.
Alameda said that the suspect’s luggage interior was painted in black to blur its appearance when passing through the X-ray machine.
NAIA Customs Collector Jay Francia said that the suspect will be charged in Pasay City Court for illegal transport of prohibited drugs and will be endorsed to the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for disposition.
Only last month, a Malaysian couple was arrested at the arrival area of the NAIA Terminal 2 after 6 kilos of shabu valued at P48 million was found inside their luggage. The couple was identified as Chandra Nadarajan and Tamil Selvi Veleo.