MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized 1.66 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated P9 million on Wednesday afternoon at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.
The cocaine was discovered while it was hidden in the luggage of Agus Burhan, an Indonesian national arriving at NAIA.
Burhan, who came from Doha on Qatar Airways flight QR 932, claimed that he went to the Philippines through “sponsors.” They allegedly changed his luggage, saying it contained “souvenirs.”
Furthermore, PDEA added that Burhan was supposed to meet these “sponsors” at a certain hotel wherein they would give him money in exchange for the luggage.
“You don’t know its content. Just like this case where the passenger claimed that the bag does not belong to him and he apparently does not know the content,” Customs District Collector Carmelita Talusan said during the press conference.
Talusan also said that the BOC has strengthened its border monitoring and has been working closely with PDEA.
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