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BI detention agents foil shabu smuggle try

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AN attempt to sneak illegal drugs into the detention center in Bicutan, Taguig City last September 21 was foiled by agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco said that based on a report from Adolfo Marasigan, officer-in-charge of the BI’s warden facility, their custodial guards intercepted a package containing four grams of suspected shabu delivered for detained foreigner Yang Heejun, 41. According to him, the illegal substance was found wrapped in plastic inside a kimchi container, together with other food supplies.

“Our agents started to be wary when Yang became very insistent in getting the package at once, without undergoing the standard inspection,” added Marasigan.

Meanwhile, Tansingco disclosed that Yang was originally arrested last April 18 in Angeles City, Pampanga as he is the subject of an outstanding warrant of arrest for stealing 14.15 million won and is wanted for special larceny and destruction and damage of property in Seoul, South Korea.

“Being a fugitive from justice, Yang poses risk to public safety and security. He was charged with being an undesirable alien and shall be deported to face charges in his country,” the BI chief added.

Yang is currently being held by authorities while he faces a case for violation of Republic Act no. 9165 or violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

Tansingco clarified, however, that Yang will be criminally charged and prosecuted in court and, if convicted, shall serve his sentence in the Philippines first before he can be deported.

Tansingco then said that the incident was not the first time BI agents has confiscated illegal items in the detention center, assuring that “the BI will remain vigilant and continue to be strict in performing inspections while investigations are ongoing.”

Itchie G. Cabayan
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