Thursday, 29 September 2011
A Kenyan who was caught carrying two kilos of cocaine was arrested several minutes after arriving at the Mactan Cebu International Airport from Qatar on Thursday.
Bureau of Customs (BOC) Examiner Calvin Bonaobra identified the international drug courier as Asha Apiano Ogutu, 24, of Nairobi, Kenya.
Bonaobra said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) placed Ogutu under surveillance upon her arrival.
He said the K9 was uneasy when it was ordered to sniff Ogutu’s trolley baggage.
Bonaobra said he opened Ogutu’s baggage and found two kilos of prohibited dugs.
BOC Sub-Port of Mactan Collector Paul Alcazaren said he was informed that Dr. Rene Cam of NBI Central Visayas has initially examined powder form items inside Ogutu’s baggage and found it positive of illegal drugs.
District Collector Ronnie Silvestre, meanwhile, said they want to make sure that the Kenyan national will be charged in court and jailed.
Silvestre said they’ve learned a lesson a few months ago when they’ve arrested a Chinese national for trafficking prohibited drugs, which was found positive as cocaine during initial examination by the drug bureau in front of the Cebu media.
However, the drug bureau in Manila declared it negative, freeing the two Chinese nationals. (EOB)