Drug paraphernelia found at airport

DRUG paraphernalia was found inside one of the comfort rooms of the international arrival area of Davao International Airport yesterday morning.

Chief Insp. Eugene Balugo, chief of the Davao International Airport Police, told TIMES that an airport janitor was cleaning the men’s comfort room when he saw a black pouch inserted at the tissue holder at 5:35 a.m. yesterday.

The janitor turned over the item to duty police officer.

When the duty police officer checked the pouch,

two lighters with needle, a tooter, and a small plastic sachet with residue of possible shabu were found inside the pouch.

 Balugo said the items were then turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI.

“As of now, we are still conducting (further) investigation,” the aviation police chief said. “Maybe it could be from a transient passenger.”

PDEA officer-in-charge Naravy Duquiatan said they don’t have evidence to conclude whether the possessor is a passenger or an employee.

But Duquiatan believed that the presence of anti-drug agents in the airport is a big help in intercepting any illegal drugs that might be brought in by passengers.

“Our presence in Davao International Airport is deterrent to drug personalities to bring illegal drugs because we have a K9 team there,” Duquiatan said.

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