Philippines woman arrested for smuggling cocaine

Police have arrested a 38 years Philippines woman for smuggling cocaine into the Maldives.

The woman, who on Sunday arrived in Maldives on a flight from Dubai,was arrested from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport after customs officers found more than 4.5 grams of cocaine. Eight bags of cocaine was discovered hidden inside books and paper rolls in her suitcase.

Another Philippines woman was sentenced to life last month after she was found guilty of smuggling 3kg of cocaine. She was also caught by Maldive Customs Service when she arrived from Rio de Janeiro via Dubai. The case was also investigated by Dubai Police.

Last year Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration tightened the monitoring of Filipino nationals traveling to the Maldives, over fears of being used as a transit point for labour trafficking of Philippines citizens.