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Filipina DH who accepted drug parcel on trial at High Court

10 October 2019

Serious cases like drug trafficking are heard at the High Court

By Vir B. Lumicao

Filipina domestic helper Analyn de Leon, who stepped in as a last-minute recipient of a drug parcel from Africa, is on trial at the High Court for drug trafficking.

De Leon who is being held without bail, pleaded not guilty to the charge at the opening of her jury trial on Oct 10 before Judge Remedios D’Almada. Her former employers were in court to give her support.

The prosecution said it based its case against her on an exchange of phone calls and messages with the man believed to be the sender before her arrest on May 4 last year.
The prosecutor told the jury its task is to decide whether De Leon had prior knowledge of the parcel’s content, which Customs investigators said was 495 grams of crystalline powder containing methamphetamine with a street value of $334,530.

Prosecution lawyer Ken Ng said De Leon was arrested on the afternoon of May 4 by a Customs officer posing as a DHL man who delivered the parcel with drugs to her employer’s flat in Yoho Midtown estate, Yuen Long.

Ng said the DHL parcel, declared as dried plums, arrived at the Customs Airport cargo centre on the afternoon of Apr 23 from Cotonou, Benin.
 
A drug package found inside a suitcase of a Filipina tourist at HK International Airport 
A Customs officer who noticed suspicious items inside the parcel opened it and found the drugs. The attached waybill indicated the recipient’s name, address and telephone number, as well as the declared content of the parcel and the sender’s name.

Named as recipient was a man named Burnett Mobuka Oguye with an address at a Mirador Mansion in Tsimshatsui. The Customs officer called the phone number listed on the waybill and arranged with a man believed to be Burnett a delivery of the parcel on the afternoon of Apr 24.

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The officer posing as a DHL delivery man went to the address, but staff in the guesthouse said there was no such resident there.

The next day, Apr 25, the Customs enquiry hotline received a call from Burnett asking why the parcel was not delivered in the evening. He arranged for it to be delivered that night, but at the last minute called up again and gave an excuse as to why a delivery could not be made that evening.
As the parcel remained undelivered, the sender sent a message requesting a change of consignee. He gave the name of De Leon as the new recipient, as well as her address at the employer’s flat in Yoho Midtown.

The prosecutor said the Customs officer called up De Leon on May 2 and the delivery was arranged for May 4. When De Leon received the parcel after signing the delivery receipt, she was arrested by the officer disguised as a DHL man.

The trial continues.
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