A Colombian drug mule took 24 hours to shit out 79 wraps of cocaine after being arrested at Manila airport.
Alberto Pedraza Quijano, who arrived on a flight from Dubai on Sunday (November 12), had earlier swallowed condom-wrapped pellets containing drugs worth nearly nine million pesos and weighing more than a kilogram.
He was arrested by a team composed of members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Bureau of Customs (BoC), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Philippine National Police (PNP), Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup), airport security, and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Local officials were informed of the attempt to smuggle cocaine through the intelligence report from the US Homeland Security, which conducted an investigation.
Immigration chief Jaime Morente said Quijano appeared “ill at ease” and was acting suspiciously after arriving at NAIA Terminal Three.
The 67-year-old was attempting to enter the men’s toilet at the customs area when he was nabbed.
Colombian drug mule “well dressed”
It is believed he was nearly missed as he was described as “well dressed” and was carrying the official ID of an unnamed “foundation”.
After an X-ray at Pasay General Hospital confirmed that he had swallowed the pellets, he was set to work defecate them.
Officials say it was Quijano’s third trip to the Philippines. It is suspected he had been smuggling drugs during previous visits. It is also believed he has previously been jailed in the US for drug offences.
Investigations are continuing to determine whether he is part of an international syndicate.
Authorities are conducting an investigation to identify Quijano’s contact in the Philippines who only gets in touch with him upon his arrival at the airport to give him instructions. His communications gadgets have been seized by investigators.
He now faces charges under the Dangerous Drugs Act.