Woman’s drug smuggling try in Cotabato jail foiled

October 08, 2019

POLICE have arrested and filed criminal charges against a 42-year-old woman who tried to smuggle an estimated P102,000 worth of shabu inside the South Cotabato Rehabilitation and Detection Center early Sunday morning, Police Regional Office 12 director, Brigadier General Alfred S. Corpus said yesterday.

The official said that suspect Joy Gallego Macera hid the dangerous drugs in the sole of her sandal. However, jail officers discovered three heat-sealed plastic sachets containing some 15 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ cleverly hidden in her sandal’s sole during a routine inspection, the PRO12 director said.

Corpus said that the suspect’s husband Jeffrey who is in jail on charges of violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, is now undergoing investigation amid suspicions he was the one who ordered his wife to sneak in the drugs.

The official said that members of the South Cotabato Police Provincial Office Drug Enforcement Unit led by Lieutenant Dennis Medel and the local Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency rushed to the South Cotabato provincial jail after their help was sought by jail warden Felicito Gumapac.

“It turned out that the drugs were discovered during a routine search. Jail officers also noted that the female suspect was acting strangely prompting them to thoroughly search her belongings,” said Corpus.

The suspect will be joining her husband in jail on similar drug charges, the official said.