- A Filipina has been detained for allegedly sneaking cocaine to Hong Kong
- Ann Raian Santos has allegedly peddled more than 600 grams of cocaine to Hong Kong
- She is set to face a hearing for bail on October 25
A Filipino who traveled to Hong Kong have been in detention for allegedly peddling drugs into the country.
ABS-CBN said in a story that Ann Raian Santos was supposed to be a call center agent set to work in Hong Kong; arriving there on July 30.
Upon her arrival, airport authorities found two slabs of what is believed to be cocaine both weighing more the 300 grams. The drugs, estimated to be worth $750,000, was hidden in the compartment of her luggage.
Santos defended that someone from Manila had just requested her to deliver the bag to Hong Kong without knowing its contents.
But the Bureau of Immigration bared that based on their records, Cruz has been traveling to and from the country this year.
She traveled five times: twice going to Malaysia in April and May and thrice heading to Hong Kong in April, May and July.
The authorities also revealed that Cruz used different passports in all those occasions.
Bureau of Immigration (BI) reminded its personnel to be more vigilant in spotting Filipinos who go outside the country for illegal activities.
“Pinapaalalahanan namin ang aming immigration officers na patuloy na maging vigilant sa pag-process ng departing Filipinos lalo na sa pagsusuri ng kanilang layunin sa pag-alis ng bansa,” BI spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang said.
[We are reminding our immigration officers to continue being vigilant in processing departing Filipinos especially in assessing their purpose in leaving the country.]
The Hong Kong government has set Cruz’s hearing for bail on October 24.
“Sisiguraduhin na mabibigyan siya ng due process at pangalawa ‘di mava-violate ang kanyang karapatan,” Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Charles Jose said.
[We will ensure that she will be given due process and second, her rights won’t be violated.]