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Pinay’s drug-in-mail case moved to Eastern Court

16 January 2019

Drug-in-parcel case now in Eastern magistracy, but will likely be moved to a higher court

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipina domestic helper who was arrested last September for receiving an air parcel containing cocaine purportedly from a friend overseas will have her case transferred to Eastern Court on Feb 18.  

Michelle Mardo, a 41-year-old mother of three, was charged with one count of “trafficking in a dangerous drug” in West Kowloon Court. 

At the hearing on Jan 14, Magistrate Ada Yim told Mardo she has the right to apply for legal aid in the Court of First Instance so she can ask for a preliminary hearing where she can call her own witnesses. She was also advised to apply for bail in the same court.  

Mardo was arrested on Sept 27 after receiving a parcel containing suspected dangerous drugs that arrived from Ecuador on Sept 7.

An officer disguised as a UPS delivery man and other officers from the Customs and police arrested her. Mardo has been in custody since her arrest.

Prosecutors said on Jan 14 that they had amended the charge to show the intercepted parcel contained 418 grams of a solid substance containing 296.3 grams of pure cocaine.

A Customs and Excise Department had said earlier the illegal drug was concealed between layers of four wooden boxes that arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport air mail center and consigned to Mardo in her Yuen Long address.

The defendant was charged initially in Kowloon City Court on Sept 29, before her case was moved to West Kowloon Court on Dec 7.

Yim adjourned the hearing until Feb 18 in Court 7 in Eastern Court, from where it is expected to be transferred to a higher court for either sentencing or trial.

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