A Kenyan Woman Among 5 Africans Charged With Drug Smuggling in the Philippines

The Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Thursday filed before the Department of Justice criminal complaints against five African nationals for allegedly attempting to smuggle in some P185 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu.

Facing a case for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act and violation of the Tariffs and Customs Code of the Philippines are Lina Achieng Noah, a female Kenyan; Josephine Balikuddembe, a Ugandan woman; Aicha Camara, a six-month pregnant woman from Guinea; and couple Joseph Yao Kyeremateng and Hamshawu Sulemana from Ghana.

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said they believe that the arrested African nationals are members of an international drug syndicate that may have thought that the Philippines is a safe haven for its illegal drugs trade.

“Our airport Customs officials are trained to detect suspicious passengers and cargoes, especially those suspected of carrying illegal drugs and chemicals. And while we give the best courtesy to the country’s foreign visitors, we will, however, apply the full force of the law to those who violate the country’s laws,” Biazon said.

He added that the BoC, in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), is now capable of detecting even sophisticatedly concealed drugs in luggages.

Biazon said Noah flew in from Dubai last February 24 with nine kilos of shabu worth P63 million while Balikuddembe arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on March 10 with three kilos of shabu worth P21 million, concealed in her luggage.

For her part, the six-month pregnant Camara arrived at the NAIA Terminal 1 with 2.7 kilos of shabu worth almost P21 million, and the Ghanaian couple Kyeremeteng and Sulemana,  flew in with 10 kilos of shabu worth around P80 million.

Inquirer Global Nation

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions to Mwakilishi.com.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Facebook Comments Box

Follow us on Twitter @mwakilishi.

Featured Article

Forty-eight years after leaving the US, Samuel Obura recently returned to graduate with a a Master’s degree in Political Science.

Now, isn’t that a story you would want to read? Samuel Obura’s story is an unlikely one - 48 years after compl...

3263 reads

Featured Article

Beginning Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 12pm EDT, entrants for the DV-2016 (Green Card lottery) can check at the U.S. State Department’s “Electronic Diversity Visa” Entrant Status Check (ESC) website to see if they won.

The following informatio...

4534 reads

Featured Article

P.K. (Paul Kirehu) Thumbi recently announced he will run for Federal Way City Council Position 7, the seat currently occupied by Councilwoman Dini Duclos.

“[Duclos] is a very fine Councilwoman but we need some new leadership,” Thumbi said i...

1928 reads

Featured Article

At least 84.1 per cent of Kenyans are against same-sex unions, a new study has shown.

A survey conducted by Nairobi-based firm Spectrum Research says a majority of Kenyans want the government to rein in the spread of homosexuality “before i...

883 reads

SYNDICATED NEWS FEEDS

Aggregated Feeds