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BI nabs drug mule at NAIA3, seizes P25-M cocaine

  • Written by Itchie Cabayan
  • Published in Metro
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ALERT members of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 caused the arrest over the weekend of a 22-year-old man  suspected of being a drug mule and the confiscation of 4.8 kgs of cocaine he was carrying. Said cocaine has an estimated street value of P25 million. report to Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the suspect as Jon-Jon Villamin Jr. He was reportedly nabbed with the illegal drugs minutes after he arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3 from Dubai at 4:30 p.m. via EK-332.  

It was learned from BI Intelligence chief ret. Police Director Charles Calima that BI intelligence officer Bienvenido Castillo III, deputy chief, BMSU, and BMSU officer Galo Robediso VI were tipped about the slated arrival of Villamin three hours before.                                                                                                     
Calima said that after Castillo and Robediso saw Villamin enter the immigration area, they alerted the immigration supervisor on duty that the suspect had been positively identified. The immigration officer who processed Villamin then stood up to signal the members of the task group that the passenger he had just cleared was the suspect that they had been waiting for.                                              
Villamin denied knowing that he had cocaine in his luggage, saying it was given to him by a Brazilian friend who promised to call and instruct him where to bring the luggage upon his arrival in Manila. He reportedly met the Brazilian when the latter bought a SIM card while he was still working for a telecommunications company years ago, until they became friends and then asked him to bring for  him the said luggage.                                                                                                               Based on information regarding Villamin’s arrival, BI agents from the bureau’s Border Monitoring Security Unit (BMSU) waited for him to show up at the immigration arrival area hours before his flight arrived.      
Once Villamin was cleared at the immigration counter, the BI personnel relayed his arrival to members of the NAIA Drug Interdiction Task Group who were also waiting to apprehend him.                                                                                      
Members of the task group then followed Villamin as he proceeded to the conveyor area to get his check-in baggage.
It was where he was accosted and then invited to the Customs office for questioning.                                                       
Subsequently, an inspection was made on his luggage where the said cocaine was found.