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BI blocks Chinese fugitive for illegal drugs bound to Tianjin

January 10, 2022 - Monday 5:01 PM by Cyrelle Nuñez

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The Bureau of Immigration intercepted a Chinese national who wanted to possess illegal drugs after fleeing the country.

BI intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. identified the alien as Lin Guanxiu, 39, who was caught on Jan. 5 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 before boarding Philippine Airlines' commercial flight to Tianjin, China.

Lin was charged for violating Republic Act 9165 or the comprehensive dangerous drugs act, which carries the penalty of life imprisonment.

Lin and another Chinese national were allegedly arrested in possession of more than 273 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride on Feb. 3, 2019.

Lin was first denied departure permission after an immigration officer discovered that his name had generated a hit in his computer's Interpol database, Manahan said. 

The case was then sent to the BI-Interpol section and the National Central Bureau (NCB), both of whom confirmed that the passenger and the Interpol red notice subject are the same person.

Lin was then handed over to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) officials, who are holding him in custody pending the court's issuing of a commitment order for his arrest.

It was then learned that the Chinese national is subject of an outstanding arrest warrant issued by Branch 23 Judge Caesar Buenagua of the Regional Trial Court in Trece Martires City, Cavite on June 10, 2019.

“We have in our database thousands of derogatory records on persons who are wanted for various crimes here and abroad. There is no way they can escape the vigilance of BI officers and agents guarding our ports of exit,” the BI chief added.

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