PDEA NABS GUIENNE, 2 GHANAIAN NATIONALS FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
Three foreign nationals were arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) yesterday (Tuesday, March 13, 2012) for smuggling dangerous drug into the Philippines.
The Director General of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez Jr. identified the arrested foreign nationals as Camara Aicha, a female Guienne national, and Ghanaians Joseph Yaw Kyeremteng, male, together with Hamshaw Sulemans, female.
The PDEA National Capital Region (PDEA-NCR) under Director Pedrito Magsino and Special Enforcement Service (SES) under Director Jeoffrey Tacio conducted two interdiction operations at the NAIA on March 13, 2012, with the support of the NAIA Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-DITG), particularly the Bureau of Customs (BoC), Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
At about 12:30 pm, Camara Aicha, the Guienne national, was apprehended after two kilograms of shabu were discovered in a false compartment in her luggage during inspection. Aicha arrived in the Philippines aboard Etihad Airways flight EY428 from Morocco, Casablanca via Abu Dhabi.
In the evening of the same day, authorities intercepted approximately eight kilograms of shabu from a Ghanaian couple, Joseph Yaw Kyeremteng and Hamshaw Sulemans. The couple concealed the illegal packages in false compartments in four trolley bags. The Ghanaians arrived in the Philippines together aboard Etihad Airways flight EY 424 from Morocco, Casablanca via Dubai.
PDEA has reason to believe that Aicha, Kyeremteng and Sulemans are members of the African Drug Syndicates (ADS).
The arrested foreign nationals will face charges for importation, transportation, and possession of dangerous drugs in violation of Sections 4, 5, and 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Records maintained by PDEA reveal that from the start of this year, eight ADS members, the ones transporting and the intended receivers for the packages, have already been arrested during interdiction and subsequent follow-up operations.
Records maintained by PDEA also reveal that from 2010 to present, a total of 52 ADS members have been arrested as a result of the intensified efforts of the Task Force Drug Couriers, mandated to address the problem on drug couriers. Out of this figure, 63 percent are African nationals composed of Nigerians, Mozambique, Lesotho, Togolese, Ghanaian, South African, Guinean, Botswanian, Kenyan, Guienne and Ugandan. Records also show that out of the 52 ADS members nabbed, 38 or 73 percent were arrested in the Philippines. Evangeline DJ Almenario, Chief, Public Information Office, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency