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Friday, September 16, 2011

Filipino Arrested in HK for Drug Trafficking

The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that another Filipino national was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport on August 21 for alleged drug-trafficking.

He was reportedly arrested after 26 kilograms of heroin was found in his luggage while enroute to mainland China.

The Filipino national, who used to work as an airport cab driver, was offered to go abroad to deliver goods.

This supports the new trend that drug syndicates prefer to recruit employed and more presentable mules who can very well conduct themselves before airport authorities.

The Consulate General is providing assistance to the Filipino national to ensure that his rights are respected.

It also appeals to the the public's support in the fight against this transnational crime.

Meanwhile, the DFA reiterates its appeal to all Filipinos to avoid accepting offers from individuals or groups to carry illegal drugs in their luggages or in their person when going abroad in exchange for money, as harsh penalties await them in their destinations.

The Philippine Government has a strong anti-illegal drug policy, and is closely cooperating with law enforcement agencies in other countries on efforts against anti-drugs trafficking. It is undertaking comprehensive and proactive measures to address the drug mules issue and to prevent the further victimization of Filipinos by international drug syndicates.

The DFA has been working closely with other concerned agencies on drug trafficking cases.

There are 71 Filipinos in China who were meted death penalties with two-year reprieves, which in Philippine legal parlance is equivalent to life imprisonment. In China, drug trafficking of 50 grams or more of illegal drugs is punishable by 15 years in prison, life imprisonment or death.

In most Muslim countries, drug trafficking is punishable by death.

source: Department of Foreign Affairs (Philippines)

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