Filipino Travelers warned against 'drug mules'
Warnings were issued following the reported involvement of Filipino nationals in three separate drug trafficking cases.
Consul General Claro Cristobal said that Hong Kong authorities already arrested two Filipino women on separate drug trafficking incidents. The first incident was made on June 2 when the Filipina arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport where 1,040 grams of heroin hidden inside the soles of three pairs of shoes in her suitcase was found by the authorities. The drugs were estimated to be worth HKD930,000.
Another Filipina was arrested by Hong Kong customs police on June 24 and was charged with drug trafficking. She was brought to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to extract the drugs from her body cavity. Doctors managed to extract from her body about 876 grams of heroin with estimated worth of HKD780,000.
The two arrested suspects were brought at the Tai Lam Centre for Women until their case hearing at the Tsuen Wan Magistrate Court.
Meanwhile, Consul General Renato Villapando of the Philippine diplomatic mission in Macau also reported that a Filipina was arrested last June 26 at the Macau International Airport for allegedly smuggling almost one kilo of illegal drugs hidden in rubber shoes in her luggage.
DFA did not name the suspected drug traffickers’ points of origin for undisclosed reasons.