2 Americans nabbed at NAIA for drug possession


Manila, Philippines – Two American citizens were arrested separately at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after drugs were discovered in their possession, airport authorities said on Friday.

Cocaine, marijuana and a gun were seized from Alexander Tolentino, 43, who figured in a traffic incident in which the Ford Explorer he was driving hit a taxicab at the NAIA Terminal 4, Airport Police Department (APD) personnel Vicente Nieves said.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcers who were in the area asked Tolentino for his driver’s license but was reluctant to present his license, so the MMDA officers called the APD for help.

When responding APD personnel started questioning Tolentino, they noticed a caliber .38 revolver so they asked him to step down from the vehicle and conducted a search.

The airport policemen later found the illegal drugs and a California identification card inside the vehicle.

Office for Transportation Security (OTS) screeners at the NAIA terminal 3 held another American citizen identified as Hawkins Mariner Augustus, 40, for possession of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu when he was about to fly to Legazpi.

The screeners found the illegal stuff tucked into the waistband of his pants. Later, the screeners also found a tooter in his possession.

The two American citizens were later transferred to the custody of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for proper disposition.

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