Police apprehend woman with one kilogram of heroin inside body

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Issue 545, Page 5
Word count: 389
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Judiciary Police (PJ) cracked down on drug trafficking activity allegedly by the same syndicate outside Macau for the seventh time since October this year in which more than a kilogram of heroin was excreted by the 20-year-old woman arrested.

According to the intelligence collected and the analysis of the previous cases, the PJ spokesman Chau Wai Kuong said they prepared another operation at the Macau International Airport on November 29 where two women from the Philippines and Uganda were intercepted after arriving from Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Chau said it was the first time an African woman was arrested since October.

The two suspects were sent to the Conde de São Januário Central Hospital to receive an x-ray.

The woman from Uganda, surnamed Amino, a university student, excreted 90 pill-like objects of wrapped heroin weighing 1,075 grams until the evening of November 30.

The drugs would have a market value of one million patacas, Mr Chau said.

The 31-year-old woman from the Philippines, surnamed Oleriana, did not contain any drugs inside her body.

The PJ spokesman said the investigation found that the two suspects’ air tickets were purchased at the same time by the Philippines woman.

The Ugandan woman told police the Philippines woman gave her the wrapped heroin to ingest on November 27 in Kuala Lumpur, and together departed for Macau two days later.

She also said that she had no idea where the drugs would be brought to after Macau, but only knew that the Philippines woman would take her to a place to excrete the heroin, Mr Chau said.

At the same time, she admitted to police she received US$2,500 for smuggling the drugs into Macau by ingesting them to avoid police detection.

Mr Chau said the PJ believed that the more than one kilogram of heroin was destined for Guangdong Province in mainland China as the two suspects had already obtained their China entry visas before flying to Macau.

According to the intelligence analysis and the way that the heroin was wrapped, Mr Chau also said that the Philippines woman could be one of the members of the same syndicate of Gold Crescent which organised the past six drug trafficking activities that were cracked down by the PJ.

The two women were sent to the Public Prosecutions Office and will be charged with drug trafficking.

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