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Filipina helper in air-parcel scam acquitted of drug trafficking

16 March 2019

By Vir B. Lumicao
Sample of ketamine or ecstacy seized at HK Airport

A Filipina maid who had taken delivery of a parcel containing ketamine tablets last November was ordered released by a West Kowloon judge on Mar 14 after prosecutors withdrew a charge of drug trafficking against her.

Calin Baybayan returned to court on Thursday, Mar 14, for a scheduled hearing of her case.

But when she was called before Magistrate Ada Yim, the prosecution said it was withdrawing the charge of “trafficking in a dangerous drug” against the Filipina for insufficient evidence.
Baybayan was fetched by her employer from the courthouse in Shamshuipo later in the day after processing her release papers, an officer of the Consulate said.

He said Baybayan was retained by her employer following the dismissal of her case.
Baybayan was arrested in late November when she received a parcel stuffed with a suspected dangerous drug addressed to her by a foreign man whom she reportedly met on social media.

The parcel, brought by an undercover officer posing as a DHL delivery man, turned out to be a shipment of ketamine, otherwise known as the designer drug “ecstacy.”


Local media reports said at the time that the parcel containing 1,920 ecstasy tablets came from a foreign man in Belgium.

The outcome in Baybayan's case could prove auspicious for another Filipina domestic helper who is also facing drug trafficking charges after allegedly accepting a parcel containing cocaine sent by her online boyfriend from Ecuador in September last year.

Michelle Mardo,  a 41-year-old mother of three, is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear again in court on Apr 15.


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