Officers from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested a Chinese national wanted by local authorities for possession of illegal drugs after attempting to flee the country via a commercial flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI Chief Intelligence Officer Fortunato Manahan Jr. identified the alien as Lin Guanxiu, 39, who was intercepted on January 5 at NAIA Terminal 2. before being able to board the Philippine Airlines flight to Tianjin, China.
Manahan said Lin was initially denied permission to leave after the immigration officer found that his name had recorded a match in his computer’s Interpol database.
The case was then referred to the BI-Interpol unit and the National Central Bureau (BCN) who confirmed that the passenger and the subject of the Interpol Red Notice are one and the same.
Lin was then turned over to officers at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), where he is temporarily detained pending the issuance of a recognizance order from the court that ordered his arrest.
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BI intercepts Chinese wanted for illegal drugs at NAIA
It was learned that the Chinese national was the subject of an arrest warrant issued by Judge of the 23rd Chamber Caesar Buenagua of the Regional Court of First Instance in the city of Trece Martires, Cavite, on June 10, 2019.
Lin was charged with breaking Republic Law 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Law, punishable by life imprisonment.
Authorities alleged that on February 3, 2019, Lin and another Chinese national were arrested in possession of more than 273 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu which were packaged in sealed plastic bags.
Morente, meanwhile, praised the BI staff responsible for foiling Lin’s attempt to flee the country and escape arrest and prosecution.
“We have in our database thousands of derogatory files on people wanted for various crimes here and abroad. There is no way for them to escape the vigilance of the agents and BI agents who guard our exit ports, ”added the BI chief.
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