Three foreigners who are suspected to be drug couriers fell into the hands of the authorities at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday, October 5.
The foreigners, identified as Chan Kawai and Pau Homanevan, both Hong Kong nationals, and Kirdyushkin Yury, a Russian national, were caught red-handed while carrying cocaine with an estimated value of at least PHP130 million.
Chan and Homanevan were each in possession of 9 kilograms of cocaine, while Yury was carrying 7 kilograms of powdered cocaine and 2.5 kilograms of liquefied cocaine.
Some of the illegal drugs were packaged to look like food, and some were hidden along the lining of their checked-in baggage.
According to Wilkins Villanueva, Regional Director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the three foreigners flew in from Sao Paolo, Brazil with a stopover in Dubai, and arrived in Manila via Emirates flight EK 332.
According to airport authorities, they suspect that the drugs yielded from Yury was not intended to be sold in the Philippines because he was scheduled to fly to Bangkok, Thailand.
The authorities intercepted them through a joint operation by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Customs and the Airport Police.
The arrest was made in accordance with the intelligence information provided by the US Drug Enforcement administration.
Meanwhile, in their defense, the three foreigners plead ignorance as to the existence of the illegal drugs, saying that they were just requested by their friends to use the luggage for their flight.
The suspects are currently in the custody of PDEA, and are scheduled to undergo drug testing. They will be facing charges of violations of the Republic Act 9165, or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and are not eligible to post bail.
Authorities also shared that they will be coordinating with the respective embassies of each of the foreigners regarding the arrest.