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Filipina volleyball player linked to drug parcel case

12 November 2019

Filipina helper is on trial at High Court
for accepting the drug parcel

Filipina maid Analyn de Leon was a last-minute consignee of a drug parcel sent by a man from Africa in May last year, the High Court was told on Friday, Nov 8. The original recipient was said to be an African man, then a Filipina helper who played volleyball.

This emerged at the re-trial of De Leon, who is charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug for taking delivery of the shipment, sent to her employers’ flat in Yoho Midtown, Yuen Long.

De Leon pleaded not guilty to the charge on the second day of her trial before Judge Amanda Woodcock of the Court of First Instance.
The court heard that De Leon was arrested on May 4 last year after she received the parcel delivered by an officer posing as a DHL man to her employer’s flat.

The parcel contained 237 grams of methamphetamine or what is commonly called “ice,” valued at $334,530. It was declared to contain dried plums and was posted in Cotonou, Benin.

Prosecutor Ken Ng said that phone calls, emails and Whatsapp messages found on the helper’s cell phone indicated the Filipina was a last-minute recipient of the parcel.
The package was originally addressed to one Burnett Mobuka Oguye at a unit in Mirador Mansions, Tsimshatsui. An officer posing as a delivery man tried to deliver the parcel to the address on Apr 24 but staff in the guesthouse said no such person lived there.

The next day a man who identified himself as Burnett called the Customs hotline asking why the parcel was not delivered and arranged a delivery that night. But the man called again later that day saying he would not be available.

Later on, a man called Customs and asked that the parcel be delivered to another address and would be received by a woman named Adelaida. But on the date arranged for the delivery, Adelaida was said to have traveled to the Philippines.

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The witness said as the parcel was still undelivered, the sender sent a message requesting a change of consignee and gave De Leon’s name and her employer’s address.

The officer said she called up De Leon on May 2 to arrange a delivery on May 4. The witness said that after the maid signed the receipt and took the parcel, she arrested her.

In a video interview played back in court, De Leon said she met Adelaida, also a helper, three months before a one-day volleyball league at Fa Hui Park in Mongkok.

She said Adelaida asked her on a Friday before the league to receive a parcel for her because she would be in the Philippines for a month. She said she agreed.

De Leon will continue giving evidence tomorrow, Nov 12. – Vir B. Lumicao


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