Authorities Seize 3 kg of Suspected Illegal Drugs Disguised as Soap

NAIA Authorities Confiscate 3 kg of Suspected Illegal Drugs Disguised as Soap

The Philippines has been grappling with a persistent problem of illegal drug use and trafficking for many years. Despite various efforts by the government to curb the drug menace, it continues to be a major challenge for law enforcement agencies in the country.

Former President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has taken a hardline stance against illegal drugs, launching a nationwide anti-drug campaign in 2016. The campaign has been marked by a controversial policy of extrajudicial killings.

Despite the controversial tactics used by law enforcement agencies, the drug problem in the Philippines continues to persist. The country remains a major transit point for the trafficking of illegal drugs, with drug syndicates taking advantage of its strategic location and weak law enforcement capabilities.

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Customs authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, Philippines, seized around three kilograms of suspected cocaine disguised as soap from a Turkish national on Monday (March 20, 2023).

The authorities intercepted a foreign national arriving from Dubai who was found to be carrying bar soaps and 1.5 liters of liquid, suspected to be an illegal drug. The illegal drugs were discovered during a routine baggage check at Terminal 3 of the airport.

According to reports, customs officials noticed irregularities in the appearance of several soap bars in the passenger’s checked-in baggage. Upon closer inspection, they discovered that the soap bars contained a white powdery substance that was later confirmed to be cocaine.

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