A 33-year-old Filipino woman has just been arrested Tuesday for trying to smuggle an undisclosed volume of heroin at Pudong airport. This follows last September when a 25-year-old Filipino man was also arrested in Pudong for sneaking into Shanghai with 1.2 kilos of heroin in his hand-carry luggage (!!!). In both instances, suspects boarded Cebu Pacific flight number 5J678 which flies Manila-Shanghai.
The proliferation of Filipino drug mules is now a cause for concern for the country’s Dangerous Drugs Board. Said Vicente Sotto III, the chairman, to the Filipino House of Representatives:
“This means they passed through our own airports undetected and that a transnational syndicate behind them could be here in our country.”
“We have to impose stricter security and inspection procedures to make sure prohibited drugs will not leave or enter the country through the country’s airports,”
“We already have a problem with the importation of illegal drugs in the Philippines,” he told reporters. “Now, we’re exporting them.”
“We are warning our people against accepting offers to carry illegal drugs in exchange for money,” he said. “It’s not worth it.”
Photo of an Amish mule from cindy47452, not of the arrested Filipino mule