Ugandan exec yields
Php 250-M worth of illegal drugs
By Robert Maico
SANTA ROSA City, Laguna, Oct. 8 (PNA) -- The Philippine Drugs
Enforcement Agency- Calabarzon (PDEA 4A) seized Php 250-million worth of
illegal drugs during a raid of an African illegal drug syndicate's lair in
an exclusive subdivision here Thursday morning.
PDEA personnel, armed with search warrant, seized 10 kilos of “cocaine” and
more than two kilos of shabu” from suspected leader of an African drug
syndicate, identified as Rufus Katumba, an Ugandian national and director of
sales of First Capital Card and World Buy- Philippine branch.
According to PDEA Regional Director Yogi Filemon Ruiz, the modus operandi of
this syndicate is to send recruited females to Hongkong, carrying a luggage
containing one to three kilos of cocaine hidden inside. The drug courier is
given Php 8,000 allowance.
Ruiz said that the females were recruited through the Internet, facebook and
social social media sites offering them free travel to Hongkong.
“They will get your confidence during the first trip without any drugs in
the baggage, but on the second trip that’s the time your baggage is inserted
with drugs, all expenses paid with pocket money.” Ruiz said.
Ruiz also revealed that the syndicate imported the illegal drugs for
delivery to Hongkong using female couriers. “ They are sending everyday two
to three Filipina carrying one to three kilos of cocaine, so they have a
wide network.” Ruiz said.
The raid was an aftermath of the arrest of four Filipinas in Hongkong last
month for each carrying one kilo of cocaine inside their luggage.
PDEA conducted thorough investigation to track down and arrest other African
drug syndicate members and their sources.
The operatives reminded the citizen not to trust at once when a foreigner
offer travel with cash incentives. (PNA)