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Filipina maid faces drug trafficking over 2kg of ‘ice’ in parcel

31 March 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The 2 kg of drugs sent to Salazar was found in these food cans 
A Filipina domestic helper accused of trafficking in 2 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in an air parcel in January appeared in Eastern Court on Mar 31 minus her African co-defendant.

An amended charge was not read to Mary Ann Salazar, 27, because her co-defendant, Obinna Emmanuel Abba, 32, failed to show up.
But the prosecutor told Magistrate Lam Tsz-kan that a government laboratory analysis had confirmed the confiscated dangerous drug, popularly known as “ice,” weighed 1.99kg.

The prosecution asked that the case be adjourned until May 5 for legal advice on the value of the drug.
The defense lawyer told Lam that he was not sure if Abba had received the court notice because it was posted only a few days before the hearing, which could explain his absence.

Abba is said to be a torture claimant, with a pending application for non-refoulement or against deportation. He reports to the Immigration every week.

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Lam decided not to issue an arrest warrant against Abba, and instead ordered the prosecution to find him and make sure he receives the court notice for the May 5 hearing.

Salazar was remanded in custody.

Salazar and Abba were arrested by Customs officers on Jan 6 in Siu Sai Wan after the parcel containing the drugs was intercepted at the the Hong Kong International Airport Air Mail Centre on Jan 4.

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The parcel which was sent from Malaysia, was addressed to Salazar. It contained seven cans of food products in which packets of the drugs were concealed.

Salazar was denied bail when she appeared in court on Jan. 9 but Abba was granted temporary liberty.


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