Chinese woman nabbed in Cebu airport for 4 kilos of shabu

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Airport officials seizes contraband from suspect Zhou Li Ming.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A 25-year-old woman from mainland China was nabbed in Cebu on Wednesday after her luggage yielded over 4 kilos of suspected shabu.

Zhou Li Ming, a native of Hunan Province, arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport from Hong Kong at 11:30 a.m. when Customs officers noticed a suspicious-looking cargo inside a blue travelling bag.

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This prompted the officers to call K-9 units from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The K-9 units confirmed that the travelling bag contained illegal drugs.

Upon inspection, Customs officials were able to find 11 packs of suspected shabu or methamphetamine weighing 4,200 grams.

The contraband has an estimated street value of ₱6.2 million.

Zhou's travel documents showed that she had also been in the country last January and June. It was not yet clear which areas in the Philippines were her ports of entry.

Through an interpreter, Zhou said she had no idea she was carrying drugs in her luggage. She said she came to the country alone for a vacation.

The suspect had been detained while Customs and PDEA officials said an investigation was ongoing.

Cebu City-based correspondent Dale Israel contributed to this report.