Alleged Chinese drug lord nabbed at NAIA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) — Authorities prevented a member of a big-time Chinese drug syndicate from leaving the country Sunday.

A report from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said 29-year-old Hong Liangyi was stopped at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) before he could board his Istanbul-bound flight. According to the BI, Hong's final destination was Iran.

BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said Hong was prevented from leaving after it was discovered he was included in the bureau's hold departure list in January. The BI report also said there were warrants of arrest related to illegal drugs cases filed against him in Cavite and Batangas courts.

“Authorities have identified him (Hong) as a leading member of the Dragon Wu International Syndicate allegedly responsible for the production and distribution of illegal drugs in the country,” Medina said.

The suspect has been turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Law enforcement agencies have tagged the Dragon Wu syndicate for operating several shabu laboratories in several parts of the country.

"Among these was the shabu laboratory that PDEA agents discovered inside a warehouse at a farm in Ibaan, Batangas in April last year and which resulted in the arrest of four Chinese suspects and four of their Filipino accomplices," the BI said.

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PDEA earlier said Dragon Wu traces its roots to the so-called "Golden Triangle” area which is notorious for being the world's foremost drug-producing region.