Pregnant African tourist in possession of 2.7 kilograms of shabu nabbed at NAIA

March 14, 2012 9:43 am 

By Osias T. Osorio

MANILA, March 13 — An African tourist, who is six-month pregnant, was nabbed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) while in possession of 2.7 kilograms of metamphetamine hydrochloride, better known as "shabu," worth P17 million.

Aisha Camara, 26, had a roundabout way in coming to Manila as she started her trip in her hometown of Guinea, West Africa, going to Casablanca, and on to Abu Dhabi arriving at the NAIA last March 11, onboard an Etihad Airways flight EY424.

Camara was denied entry by immigration officials, unable to explain her purpose in coming to Manila.

Airport immigration officials booked Camara on the same flight she came in, but the airplane was full. Her next flight was scheduled for Tuesday.

While waiting at the NAIA Monday morning, Camara asked for a doctor, saying that she was bleeding, and admitted she was six months pregnant.

After examination, airport doctors recommended that Camara be brought to a hospital for proper treatment.

At this point, airport immigration officer Mary Ann Velasco, who is a member of the Travel Control and Enforcement Unit, suggested that Camara’s luggage be subjected to customs examination, before she is allowed to get out of the airport.

It was during examination of her luggage that the shabu was discovered.

The immigration official’s suspicion that she might be a drug courier was bolstered when the manner of hiding the drugs were found out to be similar to two previous cases.

The drugs that were found in Camara’s luggage, like the two other couriers before her, were sandwiched between layers of thin plastic which are as wide as the bottom of the luggage.

When properly installed, the drug could be easily missed by untrained eyes, because it appears like the lining of the suitcase. The luggage contains all of the passenger’s personal belongings.

The discovery of the drug in Camara's luggage was accidental.

Camara denied knowing about the drug. She said a man at the airport, knowing that she is pregnant, offered to check-in her luggage and clear her passport through immigration.

Airport officials doubt Camara’s alibi. (PNA)

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