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Norwegian Woman Carrying p57.6-m Worth of Shabu Nabbed at NAIA

Norwegian Shabu
NAIA-Customs authorities with the Norwegian suspect (second from right) and the P56.7 million worth of shabu confiscated from her luggage. (JERRY S. TAN)

THE Bureau of Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-NAIA) Terminal 3 arrested an incoming Norwegian tourist, said to be a psychiatrist, after officials found shabu worth over P56.7 million hidden in the “false bottom” of her luggage early Friday morning.

An initial report said that the suspect, identified as Rose Alex Moi, 59, widow, special psychiatrist and with address at Sarbuvollveien 1363, Hovik, Norway, was carrying one luggage containing 8.340 kilos of white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu with an estimated street value of P56,712,000, when she arrived onboard an Emirates Flight EK 0334 from Dubai from Johannesburg, South Africa.

The suspect was intercepted by the NAIA-IADITG at 12:30 a.m. of October 28, 2022, at the Customs International Arrival Area at the NAIA Terminal 3, when K9 sweeping and physical examination, revealed shabu in her luggage.

Authorities seized from the suspect one light brown luggage labeled “POWER UP” containing assorted clothes, five pieces of improvised pouches made of packaging tape wrapped with gray duct tape, each containing white crystalline substance.

The suspect is now detained at the NAIA-IADITG pending the filling of criminal cases against her in violation of R.A 9165 or comprehensive dangerous drugs act of 2002 and RA 10863, the Customs Modernization And Tariff Act (CMTA).

In August this year, authorities also arrested a passenger from South Africa who attempted to bring in P144.3 million worth of shabu.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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