Canadian traveler caught with P48.6-M shabu at NAIA

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

June 29, 2023, 6:24 pm

<p><em>(Photo courtesy of PDEA)</em></p>

(Photo courtesy of PDEA)

MANILA – A 64-year-old Canadian national was arrested for allegedly trying to slip in illegal drugs worth PHP48.6 million at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Based on a report from the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the suspect was identified as Wendy Jane Marais, who arrived via Japan Airlines Flight JL 741 from Narita, Japan that originated from Mexico.

Marais was arrested by the operatives of PDEG, PDEA and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG) at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City at around 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

Confiscated and seized during the operation were some 7,150 grams of shabu concealed in improvised chocolate bags, Canadian passport; Customs baggage declaration form, cellular phone and boarding pass

The seized luggage will undergo seizure and forfeiture proceedings as authorities investigate the arrested passenger for violation of Republic Act 9165 (RA) or the Comprehensive Drug Act of 2002 and RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. (PNA)