Monday, June 25, 2007

RP Police Detains Malaysian Man Over Hot Stuff

Fresh Cannabis plants

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 25 Jun) - Philippine police detained Monday a Malaysian national after he was caught carrying dried cannabis inside his brief case at the Zamboanga International Airport.

Police said airport security arrested Kosalai Poomavelu after he yielded three packs of cannabis. The foreigner denied he owns the cannabis and said he is a doctor and traveling in the Philippines.

Poomavelu came from Davao City by plane and was arrested before he could take his flight back to Malaysia in Zamboanga City. "At first he refused to let airport security inspect his baggage and then tried to hide the marijuana in his pockets," the head of the airport police, Ybar Padao, said.

The cultivation or possession of Cannabis is outlawed in the Philippines.

Authorities were also investigating whether the Malaysian had links with international terrorists or criminal syndicates. (Mindanao Examiner)

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