2 Filipino women held in Hong Kong for carrying drug

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

CUSTOMS officers in the Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport arrested two Filipina siblings after they were caught carrying 14 kilos of crystal methamphetamine in their luggage, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

Raul Hernandez, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said the Philippine consulate general in Hong Kong received an initial report from the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department regarding the two Filipino women, ages 27 and 31, who were arrested on Sunday while they were boarding a flight to Clark in Pampanga.

"The Filipinos are yet to be charged in court but there was a court mention of the case earlier today at Tsuen Wan magistrate court," he said.

The hearing is set in October.

"As with other drug trafficking cases, the Philippine government will extend all appropriate consular assistance to the said nationals," said Hernandez, who refused to divulge the identities of the Filipinas.

The drugs were reportedly hidden inside the false compartments of three luggage. The street value of the drugs was pegged at HK$11 million or approximately P61.4 million.

The same report said the seizure of the two Filipinas were the biggest since 2011. It came barely a month after a Filipina was executed in mainland China after being convicted of drug trafficking.

Under Hong Kong law, manufacturing and trafficking dangerous drugs carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million.

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The Chinese criminal code also states that bringing in more than 50 grams of illegal drugs to the country is punishable by death.

In 2011, three Filipinos -- Ramon Credo, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva and Elizabeth Batain -- were also executed by lethal injection. The death sentences were carried out despite an appeal from the Philippine government.

These two Filipinos are among the 200 others who are detained for drug-related cases across China. The department again reminded Filipinos to be wary of suspicious-looking packages, and not to allow themselves to be used as drug mules by syndicates. (CVB/Sunnex)

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