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Macau’s biggest ever cocaine smuggling case
Macau’s Judiciary Police (PJ) cracked the biggest cocaine smuggling case that has been reported in the territory Saturday. Four Filipino suspects were apprehended with over fifty kilograms of high-purity cocaine with a street price that may reach MOP200 million, as reported by the China News Service and TDM.
Yesterday, PJ released information that four arrested Filipino suspects (two men and two women) had entered Macau, mainland China and some Southeast Asian countries a number of times allegedly in an attempt to test the various ports’ drug enforcement capabilities and plan their drug shipment.
The suspects departed from São Paulo, Brazil where they obtained the drug and flew to Beijing on transit to Macau. The PJ conjectured that the suspects made the detour in an attempt to come in under the radar, for they possibly believed the lower rate of drug-smuggling through arrivals from Beijing than those from South American or Southeast Asian departure points would act as a cover. In addition, the suspects hid the drug in suitcases to evade inspection at the checkpoints.
The seized cocaine was almost 100% pure and weighed 50.848 kilograms in total. After dilution, this batch of cocaine could sell for MOP200 million patacas on the black market. Meanwhile, the drug traffickers packed the cocaine using blue-color tracing paper for anti-X-ray-detection, which was also found for the first time in Macau.
Moreover, the PJ doesn’t exlude the possibility that the suspects originally planned to traffic the cocaine to the Phillipines or other areas surrounding Macau; and believes that they have uncovered a drug-trafficking syndicate branch in Macau.
The PJ deputy director Chau Wai Kuong said on Saturday evening that the PJ acted on a tip that someone would transport a batch of drugs passing through Macau. After locating the three suspects at the airport around 11 a.m., the police followed them separately to two hotels in the central area of the Macau Peninsula, namely the Central Hotel Macau and the Sintra Hotel. 24 packages of cocaine were found in the first hotel and 22 in the latter, according to the Jornal Va Kio. Another suspect was detained in the Sintra Hotel.
Educator says searching students’ bags doesn’t solve drug problems
Local educators have expressed concern after police arrested five secondary school students suspected of drug trafficking and drug abuse. A teacher said more care is needed instead of a harsh approach, such as the searching of students’ belongings, when trying to resolve drug-related problems. Lam Lun Wai, director of teaching at the Macau Workers’ Children High School, told the media that due to privacy reasons and other considerations, the search of students’ bags might not be a viable way to stop them from getting involved in drug abuse or trafficking. Instead, he said more care and attention was needed to help the children stay away from drugs.
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