Attempt to smuggle 20 kilos of shabu foiled at Zambo airport PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 November 2013 11:56

Airport authorities intercepted yesterday close to 20 kilograms of shabu valued at between P60 to 70 million and arrested two men bringing it in from Manila and attempting to smuggle the contraband shipment to Malaysia via Zamboanga City and Tawi-Tawi.

Nabbed were Salim Sabtari y Kalim and Mohammad Daud Arabani y Hashim, both residents of Tawi-Tawi.

Report said that Sabtari and Arabani were about to check in at the departure area of the Zamboanga airport going to Tawi-Tawi when policemen and other airport staff noticed suspicious items inside two balikbayan boxes they were bringing that contained grocery and junk food items.

Airport authorities saw through the x-ray machine a total of 18 small milk cartons sealed inside the two big balikbayan boxes. They became suspicious because some of the small cartons contained dark substance.

Sabtari and Arabani were immediate held.They were ordered to open the two big boxes which were found to be containing shabu.

Aside from grocery and junk food items, the two balikbayan boxes contained 18 boxes of Alaska milk of 700 grams and several other small boxes of the same powder milk.

It was found out that all the 700-gram boxes contained shabu more or less 1 kilogram each, while the small boxes contained genuine Alaska powder milk.

During actual inspection and inventory, police and PDEA agents found out that the shabu packs were wrapped with carbon paper and were resealed inside aluminum pack of the milk then sealed again inside the boxes. The dark substance seen through the x-ray machine was the carbon paper wrap.

It was learned that Sabtari and Arabani arrived in Zamboanga City from Manila last Thursday bringing along the two big boxes containing the shabu.

The duo said that it was a certain Ampi whom they in Ermita, Manila who  told them to bring the items to Taw-Tawi then on Sabah, Malaysia. They stayed in a downtown hotel overnight then proceeded yesterday morning to the airport where they were held.

Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar and Councilor Elong Natividad were among the city officials who went to the airport after the arrest of the suspects and the confiscation of the shabu.

Climaco and Natividad commended the airtport authorities for a job well done in foiling an attempt to traffic drugs.

Investigators well  still trying determine who are the other people behind the big-time drug trafficking.– Dan Toribio Jr.