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Thursday, August 05, 2021

PDEA Central Visayas searches for Chinese drug courier's links

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas is identifying the connections of the Chinese drug courier who was caught at the airport in Lapu-Lapu City last Wednesday.

Leia Albar, the agency’s information officer, said the intelligence reports they gathered stated some players have fled from Cebu and they have connections with the group behind Liming Zhou, who was caught after she tried to smuggle in more than four kilos of shabu.

“We have info kung asa ni ang uban ani nila and gi-verify na ni para ma-aksiyonan dayon nato (We have information as to where her cohorts are, but we’re still verifying so we can act on it),” she said.

“There is a big probability that a syndicate was behind this transport. As based on our initial investigation, it appears that Zhou was only a courier. We are fortifying even more our coordination with law enforcement agencies to identify the personalities behind this because it is possible they have direct connection here in Cebu,” Albar said.

PDEA 7 Director Ronald Allan DG Ricardo instructed his agents to coordinate with the airport officials to help in the investigation.

Albar said they already asked a copy of the footage captured by the airport’s closed circuit television (CCTV) camera during Zhou’s arrival.

They also asked for the records of Zhou’s arrivals in Cebu-March 30, May 8, June 15 and July 20. All trips before July 20 lasted for two to three days each time.

“Basin makakuha ta og lead didto pud (Perhaps we can get a lead),” said Albar.

Zhou was charged with violating Section 5 (distribution, delivery and transportation of illegal drugs) of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, before the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office last Friday.

During the inquest proceeding, the foreigner opted not to undergo preliminary investigation and file counter-affidavit.

The case was filed in court. Zhou is now detained at the city jail.
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