BI nabs big-time druggie

December 10, 2019

A 29-year-old China man said to be wanted in his country for being an alleged member of a big-time Chinese drug syndicate was nabbed by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as he was about to leave the country over the weekend.

BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the passenger, identified as Hong Liangyi, was stopped Sunday night at the NAIA terminal 3 departure area before he could board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey en route to his final destination in Tehran, Iran.

According to Medina, Hong was barred from leaving after immigration officers found that the passenger is in the BI’s hold departure list and is the subject of an arrest warrant due to criminal cases for illegal drugs that were filed against him before the courts in Cavite and Batangas.

He said Chinese authorities have identified Hong as a leading member of the Dragon Wu International Syndicate allegedly responsible for the production and distribution of illegal drugs in the country.